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terror

ter·ror

terror

 
pronunciation:
te rr
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: overwhelming fear.
At the sound of the explosion, the people fled in terror.They used threats to instill terror in the population.The sight of the wolves filled them with terror.
synonyms:
dread, fear, fright, horror, panic
similar words:
alarm, consternation, paranoia, scare, trepidation
definition 2: something that causes such fear.
The strangler was the terror of the city.
synonyms:
fear, fright, horror
similar words:
abomination, demon, dread, fiend, monster
definition 3: acts or threats of violence used to instill fear and force others to satisfy one's demands.
The recent acts of terror, including this bombing of a city bus, have taken the lives of hundreds of people.Terror is the chief tactic of this radical group.
similar words:
abuse, blackmail, brutality, coercion, extortion, intimidation
definition 4: (informal) someone or something that is extremely annoying or bothersome.
Her younger brother is a little terror.
synonyms:
devil, hellion, imp, pest, rascal, scamp
similar words:
delinquent, monkey, rapscallion, spitfire, troublemaker, urchin
Word Builder: terror +
  • terrorism:
    the practice of using terror for political gain.
  • terrorist:
    a person who uses terror for political gain.
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