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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). 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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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.
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