terror

Definitions

  • Ainsworth, Yale's terror in an uphill game
    Ainsworth, Yale's terror in an uphill game
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n terror the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons) "he used terror to make them confess"
    • n terror an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
    • n terror a very troublesome child
    • n terror a person who inspires fear or dread "he was the terror of the neighborhood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When opossums are playing 'possum, they are not "playing." Theyactually pass out from sheer terror.
    • Terror Extreme fear; fear that agitates body and mind; violent dread; fright. "Terror seized the rebel host."
    • Terror That which excites dread; a cause of extreme fear. "Those enormous terrors of the Nile.""Rulers are not a terror to good works.""There is no terror , Cassius, in your threats."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When possums are "playing possum" they're not playing they are actually passed out from sheer terror.
    • n terror Extreme fear or fright; violent dread.
    • n terror A person or thing that terrifies or strikes with terror; a cause of dread or extreme fear: often used in humorous exaggeration.
    • terror To fill with terror.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There have been over 7,200 acts of terrorism against the US over the last 15 years.
    • n Terror ter′or extreme fear: an object of fear or dread—(Milt.) Terr′our
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Quotations

  • John Arbuthnot
    John Arbuthnot
    “Biography is one of the new terrors of death.”
  • Eric Hoffer
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    “Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
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    “Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings!”
  • Claudius Claudianus
    Claudius Claudianus
    “He who strikes terror in others is himself continually in fear.”
  • Jean-Luc Godard
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea.”
  • George Santayana
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    “Let a man once overcome his selfish terror at his own infinitude, and his infinitude is, in one sense, overcome.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

She was always timid, and a real terror seized her now.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
He was cringing, cowering, with closed eyes, flattened to the ground, and sniffing softly, in an agony of terror!
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
On the bank Lounsbury and Vosper gazed in fascinated terror.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
The old slave from the rear uttered a cry of terror; Nola clung to him paralysed with fear.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
He was a greater terror to the trimmers and time-servers of his own party than to his political foes.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
The four men leaped forward as one, with a common grunt of terror.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The abbess was really beside herself with religious terror.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
In sheer terror Bob clung like a leech.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
And now Freia comes running to him in terror, crying that one of the giants has told her he is come to fetch her.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
The news of his coming had been received with terror.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
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In poetry:

Frozen fast to the mosses,
flight and hiding denied it,
the weary creature watched me,
wary with fear and terror.
"The Pipit" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
No longer with an open smile,
I greeted all around;
My fearful looks were fix'd the while,
In terror on the ground.
"Edgar And Ellen" by Matilda Betham
"But must I die? and canst not thou
Thy Julia from death's terrors save?
We should have been so blest, Montrose!
And must I leave thee for the grave?
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
I met the other, whose love was given
With never a kiss and scarcely a word —
Oh, it was then the terror took me
Of words unuttered that breathed and stirred.
"The Ghost" by Sara Teasdale
For terror now whispered, the wife he had left
Full fifteen long twelvemonths before,
The child he had clasp't in his farewell embrace,
Might both, then, alas! be no more.
"The Warrior's Return" by Amelia Opie
When the day of wrath and terror
Dawns upon the affrighted world,
Every sin and crime and error
In a blaze of light unfurled,
Written on the eternal sky—
Whither, whither shall I fly?
"God our only Refuge" by John Bowring

In news:

For five grim years, from approximately 2003 to 2008, Iraq faced the greatest onslaught of terrorism in the history of any state.
The system's demise would not be the end of terror alerts.
'Terror bird' used its skull and beak to pick at its prey, scientists say.
Jury convicts 3 North Carolina men in terror trial.
The Virginia Tech community was terrorized by another deadly shooting attack Thursday that left a police officer dead, but the response this time by the university and police was much different than the 2007 massacre on campus.
The controversial hearings on homegrown terrorism within American Muslim communities are more than shameful bigotry.
Following is the text of the report issued from Britain on the terror attacks on Sept 11, "Responsibility for the Terrorist Atrocities in the United States, 11 September 2001".
FOUR MEN CHARGED FOR CONSPIRACY TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO TERRORISM.
Iraq New Terror Breeding Ground .
It was time to call gasoline prices what he thinks they are — economic terrorism.
Terror suspects for years, culminating in airport arrests.
Kurds in northern Diyala Province have faced a campaign of terror.
Offer to help terror suspects should disqualify McCormack in Michigan Supreme Court race, new ad says.
Gunman's tattoos lead officials to deem Sikh shooting terrorism.
Terrorists, Terrorism, and Terrorist Acts.
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In science:

S. Bar, S. Marek, B. Mersinger, L. Shelley, L., An investigation into the North African Crime-Terror Nexus, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Centre (2005).
Intelligence gathering by capturing the social processes within prisons
K. Haahr-Escolano, Algerian Salafists and the New Face of Terror in Spain, Terrorism Monitor 2, 21 (2004).
Intelligence gathering by capturing the social processes within prisons
Craig-Hart, P. Williams, S. Simon, N. Abdullaev, B. Stanislawski and L. Covill, Methods not Motives: Exploring links between transnational organised crime and international terrorism, National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NJC211207 (2005).
Intelligence gathering by capturing the social processes within prisons
P. Williams, Transnational Criminal Networks, John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt (eds) (2001) Networks and Netwars: The future of Terror, Crime, and Militancy Santa Monica, California.
Intelligence gathering by capturing the social processes within prisons
The interdiction problem arises in a variety of areas including military logistics, infectious disease control, and counter-terrorism.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
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