terror

(redirected from Terrors)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Terrors: Sleep terrors

a holy terror

A very troublesome, aggressive, or aggravating person; a person who is exasperatingly difficult in his or her manner or behavior. I know that I was a holy terror when I was young, so I guess it's fitting that my own kids give me so much trouble.
See also: holy, terror

reign of terror

A period of oppression by a hostile ruler. Sometimes used hyperbolically. The people could only tolerate the dictator's reign of terror for so long before they started a revolution. Is mom finished with her reign of terror, or do we have to keep cleaning the house every weekend?
See also: of, reign, terror

hold terror for someone

[for something] to be frightening to a person. The thought of flying to Rio by myself held great terror for me. Nothing holds terror for me. I am a daredevil.
See also: hold, terror

a reign of terror

a period of time when a ruler controls people in a violent and cruel way My father's generation, who lived through the reign of terror, will never forget it.
See also: of, reign, terror

holy terror

An exasperating individual, as in He was only five, but he was a holy terror, running wild through the house and throwing whatever he could lay his hands on . The adjective holy here is an intensifier. [Late 1800s]
See also: holy, terror

holy terror

n. a devilish person; a badly behaving child. Why is the boss such a holy terror today?
See also: holy, terror
References in classic literature ?
For a moment the terror of Hans Van Ripper's wrath passed across his mind, --for it was his Sunday saddle; but this was no time for petty fears; the goblin was hard on his haunches; and (unskilful rider that he was
The seeing sense -- held fast in the fetters of its own terror -- looked unchangeably straightforward, as it had looked from the first.
Think not I speak to thee only to excite thy terror, and practise on the base cowardice thou hast derived from thy tribe.
Even her natural terror of being left alone in the awful jungle was submerged in a greater horror as she saw the man and the beast spring simultaneously upon their prey and drag it down, as she saw the handsome face of her preserver contorted in a bestial snarl; as she saw his strong, white teeth buried in the soft flesh of the kill.
Now he was in total darkness, and again terror rode heavily astride his neck.
Suddenly her horse raised his head and snorted, and with a little cry of terror the girl sprang to her feet.
From my earliest recollection my sleep was a period of terror.
It was the very essence of the unknown; it was the sum of the terrors of the unknown, the one culminating and unthinkable catastrophe that could happen to him, about which he knew nothing and about which he feared everything.
It was Passepartout who, playing his part with a happy audacity, had passed through the crowd amid the general terror.
The night watch evinced the same terror, refused, in his turn, to accompany Athos, and only pointed with his hand to the road he was to take.
The nurse, having placed the beverage prepared by the doctor within reach of the patient, and locked the door, was listening with terror to the comments of the servants in the kitchen, and storing her memory with all the horrible stories which had for some months past amused the occupants of the ante-chambers in the house of the king's attorney.
He went about the house as usual, but, as might be expected, fled in extreme terror at my approach.
To the substances of terror he was sufficiently alive, but of its shadows he had no apprehension.
Ferguson darted his powerful electric jet toward various points of space, and caused it to rest on a spot from which shouts of terror were heard.
As Thuvia of Ptarth saw Carthoris depart from the presence of Tario, leaving her alone with the man, a sudden qualm of terror seized her.