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1 an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety [syn: panic]
2 a person who inspires fear or dread; "he was the terror of the neighborhood" [syn: scourge, threat]
3 a very troublesome child [syn: brat, little terror, holy terror]

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see Terror



From Old French terreur (terror, fear, dread) < Latin accusative terrorem (fright, fear, terror) < Latin terrere (to frighten, terrify) < , .


  • /ˈtɛɹə(ɹ)/, /"tEr\@(r\)/
  • Rhymes: -ɛrə(r)
  • Hyphenation: ter·ror


  1. Extreme or intense fear.
  2. Something that causes such fear.


terror (noun)

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Extensive Definition

Terror is a state of fear, an overwhelming sense of imminent danger.
Terror may also refer to:*The Terror (1963 film), a 1963 horror film directed by Roger Corman
  • The Terror (novel), a 2007 novel by Dan Simmons
  • Terror (band), an American hardcore punk band from California
  • "Terror", a song by My Ruin from their 1999 album Speak and Destroy
  • Terror (New England Comics), a supervillain from The Tick comic books, cartoon, and live-action TV series
  • Terror Inc., a 1992 Marvel Comics series
  • Terror (Marvel Comics), the fictional Marvel Comics character of the 1940's
  • Reign of Terror, a period of extreme violence, 1793 - 1794, during the French Revolution
    • The last weeks of the Reign of Terror are sometimes referred to as the "Red Terror" or "Great Terror"; see below for other uses of those terms.
  • Red Terror, a campaign of repression and violence by Bolsheviks in Soviet Russia 1918 - 1922
  • White Terror, acts of violence by reactionary groups as part of a counter-revolution
  • Great Terror, another name for the Great Purge, campaigns of repression and persecution in the Soviet Union during the late 1930s
  • Spanish destroyer Terror, a ship that fought in the Spanish-American War
  • HMS Terror (disambiguation), nine ships of the Royal Navy
  • USS Terror (disambiguation), three ships of the United States Navy
  • Green terror, a tropical freshwater fish
  • Night terror, a sleep disorder
  • Mount Terror (disambiguation), two mountains
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terror in French: Terreur
terror in Indonesian: Teror
terror in Italian: Terrore
terror in Dutch: Terreur
terror in Japanese: テラー
terror in Low German: Terror
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terror in Portuguese: Terror
terror in Russian: Террор
terror in Simple English: Terror
terror in Slovak: Teror
terror in Ukrainian: Терор

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