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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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