Meaning of Reign of Terror

Reign' of Ter'ror

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  1. a period of the French Revolution, from about March, 1793, to July, 1794, during which many persons were ruthlessly executed by the ruling faction.
  2. (l.c.) any period or situation of ruthless administration or oppression.
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