Ter"ror (?), n. [L. terror, akin to terrere to frighten, for tersere; akin to Gr. to flee away, dread, Skr. tras to tremble, to be afraid, Russ. triasti to shake: cf. F. terreur. Cf. Deter.]


Extreme fear; fear that agitates body and mind; violent dread; fright.

Terror seized the rebel host. Milton.


That which excites dread; a cause of extreme fear.

Those enormous terrors of the Nile. Prior.

Rulers are not a terror to good works. Rom. xiii. 3.

There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats. Shak.

Terror is used in the formation of compounds which are generally self-explaining: as, terror-fraught, terror-giving, terror-smitten, terror-stricken, terror-struck, and the like.

King of terrors, death. Job xviii. 14. -- Reign of Terror. F. Hist. See in Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.

Syn. -- Alarm; fright; consternation; dread; dismay. See Alarm.


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