Meaning of “terror” in the English Dictionary

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"terror" in British English

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terrornoun

uk /ˈter.ər/ us /ˈter.ɚ/

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.
What he said struck terror in my heart (= made me very frightened).
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.

More examples

  • They clung together in terror as the screams grew louder.
  • Her terror was compounded by the feeling that she was being watched.
  • Nearly every new parent feels an amalgam of joy and terror.
  • The political repression in this country is enforced by terror.
  • She felt panic and terror rise in her whenever she thought of the future.

(Definition of “terror” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"terror" in American English

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terrornoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈter·ər/

extreme fear, or violent action that causes fear:

[ U ] She was screaming in terror as the flames got closer.
[ C ] You can’t hide from the terrors of the world.

A terror is also a child who behaves badly and is difficult to control:

[ C ] My brother is a little terror.
terrorize
verb [ T ] us /ˈter·əˌrɑɪz/

Wild dogs terrorized the neighborhood.

(Definition of “terror” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)