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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.
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Johnson]) have the rod to be the general terrour [sic] to all, to make them learn, than tell a child, if you do thus, or thus, you will be more esteemed than your brothers or sisters.
During the Desmond War, Thomas Churchyard tells us, Sir Humphrey Gilbert ordered "that the heddes of all those (of what sort soeuer thei were) which were killed in the daie, should bee cutte of from their bodies, and brought to the place where he incamped at night: and should there bee laied on the ground, by eche side of the waie leadyng into his owne Tente: so that none could come into his Tente for any cause, but commonly he muste passe through a lane of heddes, which he used ad terrorem, the dedde feelyng nothyng the more paines thereby: and yet did it bryng greate terrour to the people, when thei sawe the heddes of their dedde fathers, brothers, children, kinsfolke, and freendes, lye on the grounde before their faces, as thei came to speake with the saied Collonell.
When contrary to their constitution, they pervert Justice, and become a terrour to good workes.