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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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biedsbriesmasneizturams cilvēksšausmas
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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'll not ask him about his hands," he thought, touched by the memory of the terror he had seen in the man's eyes.
Not unlike an alligator in shape, with spikes on its head and tail, with a warty, squatty ridge-encrusted body, a big pouch beneath its chin, and long-toed claws, it was enough to strike terror into the heart of almost any one.
He whirled about in a spasm of terror, leaped forward in the dark, struck his head on the open window, and fell screaming and bleeding to the floor.
She made no mention of her encounter with death and her flash of terror, except to say to her husband, "I thought I should have perished out there alone.
As the credulous and excited traveler related the hazardous chances of the wilderness, the blood of the timid curdled with terror, and mothers cast anxious glances even at those children which slumbered within the security of the largest towns.
The aspect of these cliffs is so wild and horrid, that it is impossible to behold them without terror.
I used to lie awake as a child and get more entertainment and terror out of blank walls and plain furniture than most children could find in a toy store.
The terror and ugliness of Maule's crime, and the wretchedness of his punishment, would darken the freshly plastered walls, and infect them early with the scent of an old and melancholy house.
Knowing your natural temper better than l, he could the better judge what arguments to use, whether of tenderness or terror, such as might prevail over your hardness and obstinacy, insomuch that you should no longer hide the name of him who tempted you to this grievous fall.
In his hand he swayed a ferule, that sceptre of despotic power; the birch of justice reposed on three nails behind the throne, a constant terror to evil doers, while on the desk before him might be seen sundry contraband articles and prohibited weapons, detected upon the persons of idle urchins, such as half-munched apples, popguns, whirligigs, fly-cages, and whole legions of rampant little paper game-cocks.
The case, I may mention, was that of an apparition in just such an old house as had gathered us for the occasion-- an appearance, of a dreadful kind, to a little boy sleeping in the room with his mother and waking her up in the terror of it; waking her not to dissipate his dread and soothe him to sleep again, but to encounter also, herself, before she had succeeded in doing so, the same sight that had shaken him.
A city cemetery could contain the coffins filled by that brief Terror which we have all been so diligently taught to shiver at and mourn over; but all France could hardly contain the coffins filled by that older and real Terror -- that unspeakably bitter and awful Terror which none of us has been taught to see in its vastness or pity as it deserves.