Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. As a warning; by way of intimidation.

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Examples

  • Was I not justified in thinking that at least some two or three of these had dealt with my conduct, when your lordship held the metropolitan press in terrorem over my head?

    Dr. Wortle's School

  • Hell is necessary in terrorem for peoples who inhabit cold regions and who in a hot Hell only look forward to an eternity of

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The Baptist missionaries declared that among the negroes who were shot and hanged in terrorem were peaceable subjects, respectable members of their own native congregations, for whose character they could vouch; they added that the gravity of the situation had been exaggerated by private enmity and jealousy of their work and creed.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • And is our legislator to have no preface to his laws, but to say at once Do this, avoid that — and then holding the penalty in terrorem to go on to another law; offering never a word of advice or exhortation to those for whom he is legislating, after the manner of some doctors?

    Laws

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