|Origin:||terreur, from Latin terror, from terrere; TERRIBLE|
a feeling of extreme fear
People fled in terror as fire tore through the building.
Shots rang out, and I screamed in terror.
We lived in terror of our father when he was drinking.
There was a look of sheer terror (=complete terror) on his face.
strike terror into somebody/sb's heart
The sound of enemy planes struck terror into our hearts.
an event or situation that makes people feel extremely frightened, especially because they think they may die
the terrors of war
Death holds no terrors for (=does not frighten) me.
violent action for political purposes [= terrorism]:
The resistance movement started a campaign of terror.
The Red Army Faction tried to undermine the state by terror tactics.
Pol Pot's reign of terror in Cambodia
a child who is difficult to control:
That Johnson kid's a real little terror!