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noun terror pronunciation in British English /ˈterə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] a strong feeling of fear
    in terror:

    Thousands of islanders fled in terror yesterday as the volcano erupted.

    sheer/pure/absolute terror:

    I remember the sheer terror of those bombing raids.

    strike terror into someone (=frighten someone a lot):

    He didn’t strike the same terror into me as other dentists.

    live in terror of someone/something (=be very afraid of them all the time):

    Everyone for miles around lived in terror of them.

    1. a.
      [countable] something or someone that makes you very frightened

      the terrors of the night

  2. 2
    [uncountable] mainly journalism violence used for making people very frightened in order to achieve political aims

    a deliberate campaign of terror

    terror attacks/tactics/groups

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