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  • The most recent term was in terrorem, which is defined as:

    Legal Definitions

  • An appeal to fear (also called argumentum ad metam or argumentum in terrorem) is a logical fallacy in which a person attempts to create support for her or his idea by increasing fear and prejudice toward a competitor.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • -- The Attorney General's recent in terrorem comments about how the press might be prosecuted for publishing leaks;


  • 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

  • Merely picking up were President Nixon and Rehnquist left off the last time with "in terrorem, in terrorem." (see THE GERMAN DICTATORSHIP, THE ORIGINS, STRUCTURE, AND EFFECTS OF NATIONAL SOCIALISM for a full account.)


  • To exact satisfaction for debts of injury, which tends neither to reparation nor to the public good, but purely for revenge, though the law may allow it, in terrorem -- in order to strike terror, and for the hardness of men's hearts, yet savours not of a Christian spirit.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • Now this was intended for warning to you, who have not only heard the judgments of God's mouth, as they did, but have likewise seen the judgments of his hand, by which you should be startled and awakened, for they were inflicted in terrorem, that others might hear and fear and do no more as they did, lest they should fare as they fared.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • Malefactors are publicly punished in terrorem -- that others may take warning.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • And we cannot say but that sometimes it may (in terrorem -- for warning to others) proceed even to death.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • Observe, The judgments of God are often denounced and executed in terrorem -- for warning to others, rather than from immediate or particular displeasure against the offenders themselves; not that God is not displeased with them, but perhaps not more with them than with others who, at least for the present, escape.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)


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