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Noun: terror  tehr-ur or te-rur [N. Amer], te-ru(r) [Brit]
  1. An overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
    - panic, affright
     
  2. A person who inspires fear or dread
    "he was the terror of the neighbourhood";
    - scourge, threat
     
  3. A very troublesome child
    - brat, little terror, holy terror
     
  4. The use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons)
    "he used terror to make them confess"

Derived forms: terrors

Type of: coercion, fear, fearfulness, fright, imp, individual, monkey, mortal, person, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp, somebody, someone, soul

Encyclopedia: Terror, Inc