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night terror

n.
An episode of nighttime arousal from sleep, accompanied by intense fear and agitation and not recalled after awakening. Night terrors are more common in children than in adults. Also called sleep terror.

night′ ter`ror


n.
a sudden feeling of extreme fear that awakens a sleeping person and is not associated with a dream.
[1895–1900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.night terror - an emotional episode (usually in young children) in which the person awakens in terror with feelings of anxiety and fear but is unable to remember any incident that might have provoked those feelings
dramatic event, drama - an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
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