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Definition of "terror" []

  • Intense, overpowering fear. See Synonyms at fear. (noun)
  • One that instills intense fear: a rabid dog that became the terror of the neighborhood. (noun)
  • The ability to instill intense fear: the terror of jackboots pounding down the street. (noun)
  • Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes. (noun)
  • Informal An annoying or intolerable pest: that little terror of a child. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "terror" in a sentence
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  • "Terrorist movements have frequently consisted of members of the educated middle classes, but there has also been agrarian terrorism, terror by the uprooted and the rejected, and trade union and working-class terror…."
  • "I often sat and wondered why the monster didn't flee in terror from the report of the gun."