- 1 [mass noun] Extreme fear: people fled in terror [in singular]: she had a terror of darknessMore 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.
- 1.1The use of extreme fear to intimidate people: weapons of terrorMore example sentences
- Swindon magistrates heard they had waged a campaign of terror in the past six months, causing mayhem for shoppers and staff.
- Several documents reflected the terror of the late 1930s and are in the form of denunciations.
- You don't use weapons of terror on people you are intending to liberate.
- 1.2 [often as modifier] Terrorism: a terror suspect a terror attackMore example sentences
- They were being manufactured for unlawful ends to wreak violence through terror.
- They are rejected by relatives who are reminded of the terrors committed by the Janjaweed every time they look at their small faces.
- The latest news from the terror front is hardly all grim.
- 1.3 [in singular] A person or thing that causes extreme fear: his delivery is the terror of even world-class batsmenMore example sentences
- At nineteen, Jeremiah McAuley was a thief and the terror of the New York waterfront.
- Bumped into old East Londoner Peter Dyter - a second year who was the terror of Merriman new boys.
- They were the terrors of every 7 - Eleven parking lot, the most feared guests at every house party.
- 1.4 (the Terror) The period of the French Revolution between mid 1793 and July 1794 when the ruling Jacobin faction, dominated by Robespierre, ruthlessly executed anyone considered a threat to their regime. Also called Reign of Terror.
- 2 (also holy terror) • informal A person, especially a child, that causes trouble or annoyance.More 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.
have (or hold) no terrors for someone
- Not frighten or worry someone: death held no terrors for himMore example sentences
- Of course I'm concerned about getting it right, but it holds no terrors for me because I have played Lear, and Lear is the most difficult of all.
- A former high-class hurdler, Deep Water has always looked as though fences would hold no terrors for him.
- The open pan of the valley had no terrors for us in daylight.
late Middle English: from Old French terrour, from Latin terror, from terrere 'frighten'.