Meaning of terror

ter•ror

Pronunciation: (ter'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. intense, sharp, overmastering fear: to be frantic with terror.
  2. an instance or cause of intense fear or anxiety; quality of causing terror: to be a terror to evildoers.
  3. any period of frightful violence or bloodshed likened to the Reign of Terror in France.
  4. violence or threats of violence used for intimidation or coercion; terrorism.
  5. a person or thing that is especially annoying or unpleasant.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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