Terror - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈterər|  American pronunciation of the word terror
Brit.  |ˈterə|  British pronunciation of the word terror
- an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety (syn: affright, panic)
- a person who inspires fear or dread (syn: scourge, threat)
he was the terror of the neighborhood
- a very troublesome child (syn: brat)
- the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons)
he used terror to make them confess


The sound of guns being fired fills me with terror.

Many civilians fled in terror.

a terror that is still fresh in her memory

the terrors of life in the jungle

a regime that rules by terror

bombings and other acts of terror

These people have been living with terror and the threat of terror for many years.

a campaign of terror against ethnic minority groups

People fled in terror as fire tore through the building.

Shots rang out, and I screamed in terror.

We lived in terror of our father when he was drinking.

There was a look of sheer terror (=complete terror) on his face.

The sound of enemy planes struck terror into our hearts.

Death holds no terrors for (=does not frighten) me.

The resistance movement started a campaign of terror.

Word forms

singular: terror
plural: terrors
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