Adjective "terror" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Extreme fear.
  1. in singular 'she had a terror of darkness'
  2. 'Every single day and night we had to sit in terror of the next bomb, the next plane, the next explosion.'
  3. 'The original house was built on an ancient graveyard and its last owner is rumoured to have fled in terror at the ghostly goings on.'
  4. 'He was utterly exhausted, and the terror of the last few hours had finally caught up with him.'
  5. 'A lorry driver who got out of his cab to remonstrate with a motorist fled in terror when the man produced a gun, a court heard.'
  6. 'For months, he lived in terror of the secret police knocking at his door.'
  7. 'She flies inside in terror, trembling all over, and that day decides to put back the curtain.'
  8. 'We are told that rural communities live in terror of crime and it might be true.'
  9. 'He awoke in terror, thinking he was in a tunnel that had collapsed.'
  10. 'Arsonists torched a town-centre bar, causing residents in nearby houses to flee in terror.'
  11. 'Sharing the terror of a close call and then the euphoria of survival is an experience that binds for a lifetime.'
  12. 'Acts or threats of violence the primary purpose of which is to spread terror among the civilian population are prohibited.'
  13. 'A schoolboy was today behind bars for subjecting a family to a campaign of terror and intimidation.'
  14. 'Our best chance of marginalising those who deal in terror is to retain our humanity while responding to their inhumanity.'
  15. 'There will no doubt be other successes which we can't know about yet because they are part of the ongoing campaign against terror.'
  16. 'You don't use weapons of terror on people you are intending to liberate.'
  17. 'Their goal is simply to cause terror without a justified reason.'
  18. 'From the very outset all the combatants knew that the bomb would be both a weapon of destruction and a weapon of terror.'
  19. 'Several documents reflected the terror of the late 1930s and are in the form of denunciations.'
  20. 'A phoney secret agent and his wife are in custody awaiting sentence for their campaign of terror against a family.'
  21. 'The reasons for eliminating terror are clear, and speak to simple self-preservation.'
  22. 'a terror suspect'
  23. 'In a few nations (as a rule, those who remember themselves as victims rather than perpetrators of terror), the memorials and the debates are very prominent indeed.'
  24. 'I mean, I would say, the first obligation is to really investigate have an independent investigation about what happened during this eight years of the so-called war against terror.'
  25. 'Failing to find popular support in many countries, particularly in Latin America and Asia, antigovernment forces went over to mass-scale terror.'
  26. 'Such a balance of terror is in fact the foundation for global nuclear security.'
  27. 'The war on terror is hard for many to swallow.'
  28. 'The terror attacks of September 11, 2001, in the US also provided the European governments with the pretext for a frontal assault on basic rights.'
  29. 'Deciding to hold it in a Red Sea resort that had just suffered a horrible terror attack was meant to send a powerful message.'
  30. 'The war on terror is really a war on Islam.'
  31. 'Therefore, we are talking of liberating the Pashtuns from terrorists, freeing them from terrorists, and also freeing them from unnecessary attacks of those who are waging the war on terror.'
  32. 'That was a mistake, for though 21st century terror is like a criminal operation, it is also much more.'
  33. 'his delivery is the terror of even world-class batsmen'
  34. 'Bumped into old East Londoner Peter Dyter - a second year who was the terror of Merriman new boys.'
A person, especially a child, that causes trouble or annoyance.
  1. 'As a public service, here are some bright ideas to keep those tiny tot terrors away.'
  2. 'Thankfully, my own little terrors decided to play fair on New Year's Day and let me have a bit of a lie-in until 8.45 am.'
  3. 'The three Mexican terrors know and respect the Belfast man, who lives and trains in the boxing crossroads of Las Vegas.'
  4. 'Colin and I were from totally different upbringings but we really clicked and we were both just little terrors.'

More definitions


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.


Late Middle English: from Old French terrour, from Latin terror, from terrere ‘frighten’.


have (or hold) no terrors for someone