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ter·ror

 (tĕr′ər)
n.
1. Intense, overpowering fear. See Synonyms at fear.
2. One that instills intense fear: a rabid dog that became the terror of the neighborhood.
3. The ability to instill intense fear: the terror of jackboots pounding down the street.
4. Violence committed or threatened by a group, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political goals.
5. Terror The Reign of Terror during the French Revolution.
6. Informal An annoying person or thing, especially an ill-mannered or disruptive child.

[Middle English terrour, from Old French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrēre, to frighten.]
Usage Note: The word terrorism is sometimes shortened to terror, especially in phrases like the war on terror. The difference between the two words is subtle. Dropping the -ism suffix changes the focus from a reprehensible method of conducting a violent conflict to a moral abstraction. Thus, the war on terror conjures a grave, universal conflict between good and evil, where the war on terrorism does not.

terror

(ˈtɛrə)
n
1. great fear, panic, or dread
2. a person or thing that inspires great dread
3. informal a troublesome person or thing, esp a child
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) terrorism
[C14: from Old French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrēre to frighten; related to Greek trein to run away in terror]
ˈterrorful adj
ˈterrorless adj

ter•ror

(ˈtɛr ər)

n.
1. intense fear.
2. a person or thing that causes such fear.
3. violence or threats of violence used as a means of intimidation or coercion.
4. Informal. a person or thing that is especially annoying or unpleasant.
[1325–75; Middle English terrour < Anglo-French < Latin terrēre to frighten]

terror

, horror - Terror is stronger than horror, though it usually lasts for a shorter time.
See also related terms for horror.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terror - an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxietyterror - an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
fear, fearfulness, fright - an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)
swivet - a panic or extreme discomposure; "it threw her into a swivet"
2.terror - a person who inspires fear or dread; "he was the terror of the neighborhood"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
3.terror - a very troublesome childterror - a very troublesome child    
scamp, imp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag - one who is playfully mischievous
4.terror - the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons); "he used terror to make them confess"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
coercion - the act of compelling by force of authority

terror

noun
1. fear, alarm, dread, fright, panic, anxiety, intimidation, fear and trembling I shook with terror whenever I flew in an aeroplane.
2. nightmare, monster, bogeyman, devil, fiend, bugbear, scourge the many obscure terrors that haunted the children of that period
3. rascal, devil, monkey, scamp, horror (informal), troublemaker, imp, tyke (Brit. informal), scally (Northwest English dialect), mischief-maker, perisher (Brit. informal), holy terror (informal), spalpeen (Irish informal) He was a little terror; always had been difficult to control.

terror

noun
Great agitation and anxiety caused by the expectation or the realization of danger:
Slang: cold feet.
Idiom: fear and trembling.
Translations
إرهاب، عَمَل فَظيعرُعْب، خَوْف شَديدشَخصٌ فَظيع، مُشاغِب كبير
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rædselskræk
kauhu
nehezen kezelhető személyrémuralomterror
ógnógnvaldurskelfing
terror
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biedsbriesmasneizturams cilvēksšausmas
grozastrah
skräck
baş belasıdehşetdehşet kaynağıterör

terror

[ˈterəʳ]
A. N
1. (= fear) → terror m
to live in terrorvivir en el terror
to live in terror of sthvivir aterrorizado por algo
he went or was in terror of his lifetemía por su vida, temía ser asesinado
I have a terror of batstengo horror a los murciélagos
he had a terror of flyingle daba miedo volar
the headmistress holds no terrors for mela directora no me infunde miedo a mí
to sow terror everywheresembrar el terror por todas partes
2. (= person, child) she's a terror on the roadses un peligro conduciendo
you little terror!¡eres un diablillo!
B. CPD terror attack Natentado m (terrorista)
terror campaign Ncampaña f de terror

terror

[ˈtɛrər]
n
(= fear) → terreur f
to live in terror of sth → vivre dans la terreur de qch
to have a terror of doing sth → être terrorisé(e) à l'idée de faire qch
to hold no terrors for sb → ne pas faire peur à qn
(= terrorism) → terreur f
a campaign of terror → une campagne de terreur
(= unruly child) → petit diable m, petit monstre m
He was a real terror → C'était un vrai petit diable., C'était un vrai petit monstre.
modif (= terrorist) [campaign, attack, group, network, suspect, tactics, threat] → terroriste

terror

n
no pl (= great fear)panische Angst (→ of vor +dat); in terrorin panischer Angst; to be in terror of one’s lifeum sein Leben bangen; it held no terror for himer schreckte nicht davor zurück; reign of terror (Hist, fig) → Terror- or Schreckensherrschaft f; the IRA terror campaigndie Terrorkampagne der IRA
(= cause of terror, terrible event)Schrecken m; he was the terror of the other boyser terrorisierte die anderen Jungen; the headmaster was a terror to boys who misbehavedder Rektor war der Schrecken aller Jungen, die sich schlecht benahmen
(inf: = person) → Teufel m; (= child)Ungeheuer nt; a terror with the ladiesein Weiberheld m (inf)

terror

[ˈtɛrəʳ] n (fear) → terrore m (fam) (child) → peste f
to live in terror of sth → vivere nel terrore di qc
she's a terror on the roads → al volante è un pericolo pubblico
you little terror! → piccola peste!

terror

(ˈterə) noun
1. very great fear. She screamed with/in terror; She has a terror of spiders.
2. something which makes one very afraid. The terrors of war.
3. a troublesome person, especially a child. That child is a real terror!
ˈterrorism noun
the actions or methods of terrorists. international terrorism.
ˈterrorist noun
a person who tries to frighten people or governments into doing what he/she wants by using or threatening violence. The plane was hijacked by terrorists; (also adjective) terrorist activities.
ˈterrorize, ˈterrorise verb
to make very frightened by using or threatening violence. A lion escaped from the zoo and terrorized the whole town.
ˌterroriˈzation, ˌterroriˈsation noun
ˈterror-stricken adjective
feeling very great fear. The children were terror-stricken.

terror

n. terror, pánico.
References in classic literature ?
I told him of the terrors of that early time, of Lop-Ear and the pranks we played, of the gibbering councils, and of the Fire People and their squatting places.
By striking numerous matches the Belgian at last found what he sought, and when, a moment later, the sickly rays relieved the Stygian darkness about him, he breathed a nervous sigh of relief, for the impenetrable gloom had accentuated the terrors of his situation.
The torture of the slow death as the circling warriors cut him to bits with the fiendish skill, that mutilated without bringing unconsciousness, had no terrors for him.
Nor even in our superstitions do we fail to throw the same snowy mantle round our phantoms; all ghosts rising in a milk-white fog --Yea, while these terrors seize us, let us add, that even the king of terrors, when personified by the evangelist, rides on his pallid horse.
The disposition of Mrs Fitzpatrick was more timorous; for, though the greater terrors had conquered the less, and the presence of her husband had driven her away at so unseasonable an hour from Upton, yet, being now arrived at a place where she thought herself safe from his pursuit, these lesser terrors of I know not what operated so strongly, that she earnestly entreated her cousin to stay till the next morning, and not expose herself to the dangers of travelling by night.
Bertha Kircher was no coward, whatever else she may have been, but as night began to close down around her she could not shut out from her mind entirely contemplation of the terrors of the long hours ahead before the rising sun should dissipate the Stygian gloom--the horrid jungle night--that lures forth all the prowling, preying creatures of destruction.
But poor little Meriem only shrank closer to Korak and almost wished that she were back in the village of The Sheik where the terrors of existence were of human origin, and so more or less familiar.
But once more it was the same boundary line overgrown with wormwood, once more the same wormwood desperately tossed by the wind and carrying unreasoning terror to his heart.
If ever anybody's hair stood on end with terror, mine must have done so then.
So absorbed was the ape-man in speculation as to the purpose of the covered pit that he permitted the blacks to depart in the direction of their village without the usual baiting which had rendered him the terror of Mbonga's people and had afforded Tarzan both a vehicle of revenge and a source of inexhaustible delight.
Fakirs and soldiers and priests, seized with instant terror, lay there, with their faces on the ground, not daring to lift their eyes and behold such a prodigy.
With inarticulate cries the men fled in terror, each in a different direction.