Terror-strike

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Terror-strike to smite with terror
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Quotations

  • Claudius Claudianus
    Claudius Claudianus
    “He who strikes terror in others is himself continually in fear.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. terrorterrēre, to frighten.

Usage

In literature:

The sight of him might alone have been enough to strike terror.
"The Bluff of the Hawk" by Anthony Gilmore
It is the unthinking nature of the force that strikes the terror.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
I like men whose very names strike terror into the hearts of commonplace people!
"Hidden Hand" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
At last a thing occurred to break the stillness and strike terror to Amalia's heart.
"The Eye of Dread" by Payne Erskine
A horse, seen in profile, with the light striking on his eyeball, seems paralysed by terror.
"Renaissance Fancies and Studies" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
Its howls were sufficient to strike terror to the stoutest heart.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
Nor does the storm strike terror as it should.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
The result was that when he emerged he was a sight to strike terror into any heart.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 3" by Various
These instructions were purposely made public, in order to strike terror among the Unionists.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
The action at Dry Wood was made the most of by the Secessionists, who claimed a defeat for the terror-striking "Jim" Lane.
"The Struggle for Missouri" by John McElroy
Their passage seemed to diffuse an atmosphere of terror and dread, striking dumb the countless denizens of the teeming jungle.
"Warrior of the Dawn" by Howard Carleton Browne
A snake's eyes strike terror into the boldest breast.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
Do you fancy that a red beard and a heavy walking-cane are to strike terror into me?
"A Day's Ride A Life's Romance" by Charles James Lever
By this means I hoped to strike terror and confusion among them, so completely would they be taken by surprise.
"The White Shield" by Bertram Mitford
It was a sufficiently terror-striking glance.
"Haviland's Chum" by Bertram Mitford
Any corner might suddenly reveal something to strike them with terror.
"Harper's Round Table, July 16, 1895" by Various
Enemies of God, may your death strike a salutary terror among your fellows!
"The Iron Pincers" by Eugène Sue
Doth not the name Strike terror to thy curdling blood?
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
They intend to strike terror into every heart at the outset.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
The wonder is that with a doctrine so vague she managed to strike terror into the stout hearts of the police.
"Emma Goldman" by Charles A. Madison
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In poetry:

Say, must we longer trust the law,
Class-enacted to hide the flaw
Of the crimson hand that strikes to awe
And terrorize us into slaves?
"Strike For Equal Rights" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Oh, not as clouds dim laws have plann'd
To strike down Good and fight for Ill, --
Oh, not as harps that stand
In the wind and sound the wind's command:
Each artist -- gift of terror! -- owns his will.
"Individuality." by Sidney Lanier

In news:

As a critic, nothing strikes terror into your heart like a charity art show.
Benghazi seen as terror strike right away.
Terror Strike Would Help McCain, Top Adviser Says.
British Brace for a Nightmare Scenario: Another Terror Strike.
White House Warns of Terror Strike.
Boogie men and scary creatures strike terror in their hearts.
Boogeymen and scary creatures strike terror in their hearts.
Lawmakers urge Obama to clarify Libya attack details, as Clinton calls strike terrorism.
Professor says drone strikes are taking toll on terror group.
Clinton aide described Libya strike as terror attack day later in Capitol Hill briefing.
A terrorism expert tells News 5 Daphne High School graduate and suspected terrorist Omar Hammami has likely been the target of U-S military drone strikes.
To live under the threat of US drone strikes is to live in terror.
We all know that sneezes scare infants, but their ability to strike terror in the hearts of kittens is a new one to me.
His speech offered a troubling, though familiar, defense of the "war on terror," and a particularly striking description of the ruthless "nature" of the enemy we are fighting, "people who know no bounds of humanity.
NEWS BLOG (WSAU) What strikes me as the most important part of the Nigerian terror plot is that it succeeded.
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