terror


terror
terrorful, adj.terrorless, adj.
/ter"euhr/, n.
1. intense, sharp, overmastering fear: to be frantic with terror.
2. an instance or cause of intense fear or anxiety; quality of causing terror: to be a terror to evildoers.
3. any period of frightful violence or bloodshed likened to the Reign of Terror in France.
4. violence or threats of violence used for intimidation or coercion; terrorism.
5. Informal. a person or thing that is especially annoying or unpleasant.
[1325-75; < L, equiv. to terr(ere) to frighten + -or -OR1; r. ME terrour < AF < L, as above]
Syn. 1. alarm, dismay, consternation. TERROR, HORROR, PANIC, FRIGHT all imply extreme fear in the presence of danger or evil. TERROR implies an intense fear that is somewhat prolonged and may refer to imagined or future dangers: frozen with terror. HORROR implies a sense of shock at a danger that is also evil, and the danger may be to others rather than to oneself: to recoil in horror. PANIC and FRIGHT both imply a sudden shock of fear. FRIGHT is usually of short duration: a spasm of fright. PANIC is uncontrolled and unreasoning fear, often groundless, that may be prolonged: The mob was in a panic.
Ant. 1. calm.

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