Terror is extreme fear, or is the use of fear, or is someone who causes extreme fear.noun
- The intense fright you feel when you see a ghost is an example of terror.
- A weapon that causes extreme apprehension in enemies is an example of a weapon of terror.
- A dictator who kills citizens who don't seem to agree with his doctrine is an example of a terror.
- intense fear
- a person or thing causing intense fear
- the quality of causing such fear; terribleness
- a program of terrorism or a party, group, etc. resorting to terrorism
- Informal a very annoying or unmanageable person, esp. a child; nuisance; pest
Origin: ME terrour < MFr terreur < L terror < terrere, to frighten < IE *ters-, to tremble (> Gr trein, to tremble, flee) < base *ter-, to wriggle
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- Intense, overpowering fear. See Synonyms at fear.
- One that instills intense fear: a rabid dog that became the terror of the neighborhood.
- The ability to instill intense fear: the terror of jackboots pounding down the street.
- Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.
- Informal An annoying or intolerable pest: that little terror of a child.
Origin: Middle English terrour, from Old French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrēre, to frighten.