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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.
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night′ ter`ror


n.
a sudden feeling of extreme fear that awakens a sleeping person and is not associated with a dream.
[1895–1900]
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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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"A child who suffers from a night terror has continually broken sleep but adjusting bedtime earlier even by half an hour can make a significant difference."
During one night terror, Stephen tried to throw himself through a fourth floor window.
Last night terror experts said thousands of people could have been killed if cyanide was let off in one of London's crowded tube stations during rush-hour.
"The thing about a night terror is that it isn't a dream.
My first night terror in Nottingham on Sunday night has now transformed into the most amazing experience ever.
SLEEP SOLUTION: Don't worry During a night terror, children appear awake and may call out or thrash around but they're in a trance-like state and don't know you're there.
Tension is still high in Bamburi, Mombasa following the night terror that was unleashed by a criminal gang on Monday in an attack that left 13 people injured.A spot check by the Nation Tuesday morning revealed that some businesses remained closed following the attack.
Hitchcock's bird Few mascots can give Partick's Kingsley a run for their money in the night terror stakes but Brighton's Sally Seagull must have caused a few monumental nightmares Oor Marcelo Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa couldn't have looked more like Oor Wullie as he watched his side beat Millwall.
Crawled Out Of The Sea adds accordion and a snare riff, Tap At My Window is based on a Philip Larkin poem and Night Terror is a stirring call-to-arms.
Last night terror analyst Professor Paul Rogers, of the University of Bradford, said it would be crucial to establish whether the alleged abduction plan was an isolated one-off or part of a wider movement.
By contrast, a night terror is a disorder of arousal, and may involve physical changes.
Neither does sleep paralysis resemble a night terror, in which a person suddenly emerges from slumber in apparent fear, flailing and shouting, but then falls back asleep and doesn't recall the incident in the morning.