Reign of Terror

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Reign of Terror

n.
1. The period (1793-1794) of the French Revolution during which the republican government was temporarily suspended, power was concentrated in the hands of a small group of revolutionaries, and thousands of suspected counterrevolutionaries were executed.
2. reign of terror pl. reigns of terror A period of brutal suppression or intimidation by those in power.
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Reign of Terror

n
(Historical Terms) the period of Jacobin rule during the French Revolution, during which thousands of people were executed for treason (Oct 1793–July 1794)
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Reign′ of Ter′ror


n.
1. a period of the French Revolution (1793–94) during which many persons were ruthlessly executed by the ruling faction.
2. (l.c.) any period or situation of ruthless oppression or violence.
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Reign of Terror

The period after Louis XVI’s execution from October 1793 to July 1794 when the Jacobins ruled and during which thousands of people were executed for political reasons.
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Noun1.reign of terror - any period of brutal suppression thought to resemble the Reign of Terror in France
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
reign - a period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful; "he was helpless under the reign of his egotism"
2.Reign of Terror - the historic period (1793-94) during the French Revolution when thousands were executed; "the Reign of the Bourbons ended and the Reign of Terror began"
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No matter how unreasonable the terror, so that it be terror.
I know that, to the common apprehension, this phenomenon of whiteness is not confessed to be the prime agent in exaggerating the terror of objects otherwise terrible; nor to the unimaginative mind is there aught of terror in those appearances whose awfulness to another mind almost solely consists in this one phenomenon, especially when exhibited under any form at all approaching to muteness or universality.
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.
In the gray of the morning the two students, pallid and haggard from anxiety and with the terror of their adventure still beating tumultuously in their blood, met at the medical college.
I've ben tryin' to get you to quit all the time.' Just then the gong sounds, an' I can see the Terror startin' for me.
An' with that I make a rush for the Terror, catchin' him unexpeeted.
The beast saw that she feared him, and being a brute enjoyed the evidence of the terror his brutishness inspired.
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.
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.
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.
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