• (America) IPA: /ˈtɛɹɚ/, in some accents IPA: /ˈtɛɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈtɛɹə/


  1. (countable, uncountable) Intense dread, fright, or fear.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:fear
    • 1794, William Godwin, Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams
      The terrors with which I was seized […] were extreme.
  2. (uncountable) The action or quality of causing dread; terribleness, especially such qualities in narrative fiction.
    • 1921, Edith Birkhead, The tale of terror: a study of the Gothic romance
  3. (countable) Something or someone that causes such fear.
    • 1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson
      The terrors of the storm
  4. (uncountable) terrorism
    a terror attack; the War on Terror
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