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terror

noun uk   /ˈter.ər/ us    //
B2 [C or U] (violent action that causes) extreme fear: They fled from the city in terror. There was sheer/abject terror in her eyes when he came back into the room. Lots of people have a terror of spiders. What he said struck terror in my heart (= made me very frightened). The separatists started a campaign of terror (= violent action causing fear) to get independence. Heights have/hold no terrors for me (= do not frighten me). [C] informal someone, especially a child, who behaves badly and is difficult to control: My brother is a little terror.
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in Korean 공포심…
in Arabic رُعْب…
in French terreur…
in Turkish terör, dehşet…
in Italian terrore…
in Chinese (Traditional) (暴行引起的)恐懼,驚駭, 討厭鬼(尤指小孩)…
in Russian ужас…
in Polish przerażenie…
in Spanish terror, pavor, horror…
in Portuguese terror…
in German das Entsetzen, der Schrecken, die Plage…
in Catalan terror…
in Japanese 恐怖, 恐れ…
in Chinese (Simplified) (暴行引起的)恐惧,惊骇, 讨厌鬼(尤指小孩)…
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