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terror

Pronunciation: /ˈterər; ˈterə(r)/

Translation of terror in Spanish:

noun/nombre

  • 1 1.1 uncountable/no numerable (fear) terror (masculine) they fled in terror huyeron aterrorizados or despavoridos to rule by terror gobernar* sembrando el terror terror of the unknown terror a lo desconocido her terror of her father el terror que le tenía a su padre he lives in terror of being found out vive aterrorizado ante la posibilidad de que lo descubran to go in terror of one's life temer por su ( or mi etc) vida to strike terror in(to) sb/sb's heart infundirle terror a algn, infundir el terror en algn the (Reign of) Terror el (Régimen del) Terror
    Example sentences
    • Fearing a curse, the townspeople fled in terror as soon as the weather broke.
    • I have lived those years both in dread of attending the party and in terror of missing it.
    • In fact, it's surprising how little you notice when you've got your eyes firmly shut and you're screaming in terror.
    1.2 u and c (frightening person, thing) the terrors of war los horrores de la guerra she was the terror of her subordinates tenía aterrorizados a sus subalternos
  • 2 countable/numerable (difficult person) [colloquial/familiar] that kid is a little terror ese niño es un diablillo [colloquial/familiar] he must be a terror to work for tiene que ser terrible tenerlo como jefe [colloquial/familiar] she's a terror for cleanliness es una maniática de la limpieza
    Example sentences
    • If you believe children should be seen and not heard, it may be best to avoid visiting during the school holidays - when tiny terrors abound.
    • Thankfully, my own little terrors decided to play fair on New Year's Day and let me have a bit of a lie-in until 8.45 am.
    • The three Mexican terrors know and respect the Belfast man, who lives and trains in the boxing crossroads of Las Vegas.

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