reign of terror
Etymology: Reign of Terror, a period of the French Revolution that was conspicuous for mass executions of political suspects Date: 1798 a state or a period of time marked by violence often committed by those in power that produces widespread terror

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  • Reign of Terror — Terror Ter ror, n. [L. terror, akin to terrere to frighten, for tersere; akin to Gr. ? to flee away, dread, Skr. tras to tremble, to be afraid, Russ. triasti to shake: cf. F. terreur. Cf. {Deter}.] 1. Extreme fear; fear that agitates body and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reign of Terror — n. the period of the French Revolution from 1793 to 1794, during which many persons were executed as counterrevolutionaries: often used figuratively …   English World dictionary

  • reign of terror — index lynch law, oppression Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • reign of terror — noun count a period during which a government uses violence to control its people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Reign of Terror — This article is about the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution. For other uses, see Reign of Terror (disambiguation). The Reign of Terror (5 September 1793, to 28 July 1794) (the latter is date 10 Thermidor, year II of the French… …   Wikipedia

  • Reign of Terror — noun the historic period (1793 94) during the French Revolution when thousands were executed the Reign of the Bourbons ended and the Reign of Terror began • Instance Hypernyms: ↑historic period, ↑age * * * noun, pl reigns of terror [count] : a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • reign of terror — noun any period of brutal suppression thought to resemble the Reign of Terror in France • Topics: ↑terrorism, ↑act of terrorism, ↑terrorist act • Hypernyms: ↑reign * * * noun, pl reigns of terror [count] : a period during which a person or group… …   Useful english dictionary

  • reign of terror — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms reign of terror : singular reign of terror plural reigns of terror a period during which a government uses violence to control its people …   English dictionary

  • reign of terror — noun a period of remorseless repression or bloodshed, in particular (Reign of Terror) the period of the Terror during the French Revolution …   English new terms dictionary

  • Reign of Terror — Reign′ of Ter′ror n. 1) why a period of the French Revolution (1793–94) during which many persons were ruthlessly executed by the ruling faction 2) cvb why (l.c.) any period or situation of ruthless oppression or violence …   From formal English to slang

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