from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Intense, overpowering fear. See Synonyms at fear.
- n. One that instills intense fear: a rabid dog that became the terror of the neighborhood.
- n. The ability to instill intense fear: the terror of jackboots pounding down the street.
- n. Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.
- n. Informal An annoying or intolerable pest: that little terror of a child.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. intense dread, fright, or fear.
- n. specific instances of being intensely terrified
- n. the action or quality of causing dread; terribleness, especially such qualities in narrative fiction
- n. something or someone that causes such fear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Extreme fear; fear that agitates body and mind; violent dread; fright.
- n. That which excites dread; a cause of extreme fear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Extreme fear or fright; violent dread.
- n. A person or thing that terrifies or strikes with terror; a cause of dread or extreme fear: often used in humorous exaggeration.
- To fill with terror.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very troublesome child
- n. the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons)
- n. a person who inspires fear or dread
- n. an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
Middle English terrour, from Old French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrēre, to frighten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French terreur ("terror, fear, dread"), from Latin accusative terrorem ("fright, fear, terror"), from terrere ("to frighten, terrify"), from Proto-Indo-European *tre- (“to shake”), Proto-Indo-European *tres- (“to tremble”). (Wiktionary)