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terrornoun

uk   /ˈter.ər/  us   //
B2 [C or U] (​violentaction that ​causes) ​extremefear: 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 ​separatistsstarted a campaign of terror (= ​violentactioncausingfear) to get ​independence. Heights have/​hold no terrors for me (= do not ​frighten me). [C] informal someone, ​especially a ​child, who ​behavesbadly and is ​difficult to ​control: My ​brother is a little terror.

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

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terrornoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈter·ər/
extremefear, or ​violentaction that ​causesfear: [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 ​behavesbadly 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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