terror

(redirected from riot)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

terror

 [ter´or]
an attack of extreme fear or dread.
night t's (sleep t's) pavor nocturnus.

terror

/ter·ror/ (ter´er) intense fright.
night terrors  pavor nocturnus.

terror

(tĕr′ər)
n.
1. Intense, overpowering fear.
2. Violence committed or threatened by a group, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political goals.

terror

[L. terrere, to frighten]
Great fear.
References in classic literature ?
Gourville and the abbe set off together, with their heads full of the meditated riot.
My dear Eleanor, the riot is only in your own brain.
Riot, arson, and wanton destruction of property was their function, and well they performed it.
There was very nearly a riot round Stones Hill; but Barbicane remained inflexible.
And then something happened which almost caused a riot.
A riot, or a merry-making--they could not tell which --was taking place in the Japanese town, as Saxon and Billy steamed out on the Apache, bound for Sacramento.
There was riot and confusion enough in the treasury, but no violence that I saw.
The Nantucketer, he alone resides and riots on the sea; he alone, in Bible language, goes down to it in ships; to and fro ploughing it as his own special plantation.
The ship was sailing plungingly; astern the billows rolled in riots.
And sad the hour when all ripe things must pass, For sweetness and decay are of one stem, And sweetness ever riots to decay.
No account of the Gordon Riots having been to my knowledge introduced into any Work of Fiction, and the subject presenting very extraordinary and remarkable features, I was led to project this Tale.
But perhaps we do not know it in our hearts too well, to profit by even so humble an example as the 'No Popery' riots of Seventeen Hundred and Eighty.