reign of terror

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Reign of Terror the historic period (1793-94) during the French Revolution when thousands were executed "the Reign of the Bourbons ended and the Reign of Terror began"
    • n reign of terror any period of brutal suppression thought to resemble the Reign of Terror in France
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Reign of Terror (French Hist) See in Dictionary of Noted Names in Fiction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Reign of Terror the period of fever in the first French Revolution, during which the king, the queen, thousands of victims—the innocent and the guilty—the Girondists, Danton, Madame Roland, and at last Robespierre, were hurried to the guillotine
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

A state of chaos reigned within him, which was soon succeeded by an all-pervading terror.
"Murder Point" by Coningsby Dawson
There's a perfect reign of terror over there.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
This sort of reign of terror must not go on.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
And you will never see any reign of terror in America.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
Craig, Sir James, his 'Reign of Terror,' 15-20, 23.
"The 'Patriotes' of '37" by Alfred D. Decelles
It dates from the Reign of Terror.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
The gun was to be mounted there and we would shell Washington and institute a reign of terror.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
I will institute a reign of terror which will bring your rich, foolish country to its knees.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Lawlessness and violence increase until the "reign of terror" appears with all its indescribable horrors.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
It was a reign of terror that those who participated in it, never forgot.
"Kidnapped at the Altar" by Laura Jean Libbey
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In poetry:

The Lord, how absolute he reigns!
Let every angel bend the knee;
Sing of his love in heav'nly strains,
And speak how fierce his terrors be.
"Psalm 148 Paraphrased" by Isaac Watts
Must I go back where all is desolate,
Where reigns the terror of a curse,
To knock, a beggar, at my father's gate,
That closed upon a hearse?
"The House" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
X. It was through night's most spectral hours,
When reigns the spirit of dismay,
And terror views demoniac pow'rs
Flit ghastly round in dread array.
"The Irish Harp" by Sydney Owenson
Who, when terror and doubt thro' the universe reign'd,
While rapine and treason their standards unfurl'd,
The heart and the hopes of his Country maintain'd,
And one kingdom preserv'd 'midst the wreck of the world.
"The Pilot That Weath'd The Storm" by George Canning

In news:

Sleigh Bells will release their sophomore album, entitled Reign of Terror , on February 14, 2012 on Mom + Pop Music.
Produced by guitarist Derek Miller, and written by Miller and singer Alexis Krauss, Reign of Terror is the highly anticipated follow up to 2010's Treats.
Sleigh Bells, ' Reign of Terror ': Album Preview.
Sleigh Bells ' Reign of Terror ': Track-By-Track Review.
Reno Gang's Reign Of Terror .
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Reign of terror ' case could boost justice in Mexico.
0Kiette Mundy and the host Lady Panthers end Marion County's reign of terror at the Monroe City Tournament.
"We are proud to stand side-by-side with our allies in the fight to end the reign of terror in Baghdad," Prime Minister Fatos Nano said.
Shining Light on Emory University Professor's Anti-Semitic 'Reign of Terror'.
During the past several months, Kelly Jo Stauffacher's reign as Miss Madison 2004, has bordered on becoming a reign of terror.
REVIEWS Sleigh Bells, ' Reign of Terror.
Sleigh Bells' " Reign of Terror".
Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror Mom+Pop.
The vibrant production that combined crunchy guitar work and big dropping hip-hop beats on the band's debut Treats is nowhere to be found on Reign of Terror.
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