reign of terror


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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?
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a reign of terror

COMMON A reign of terror is a period during which there is a lot of violence and killing, especially by people who are in positions of power. The dictator's 17-year reign of terror had ended and the people took to the streets to celebrate their freedom. His victims during a four-month reign of terror included a schoolgirl and a student. Note: The original Reign of Terror was during the French Revolution between April 1793 and July 1794, when many thousands were put to death by the government.
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However, ex-con Jimmy Cuervo (Edward Furlong) returns from the afterlife as the avenging Crow, determined to bring an end to the horsemen's reign of terror.
Six million Jews went to the gas chambers during Hitler's reign of terror and thousands of British and Commonwealth men gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.
If these ideas are put into practice, there will inevitably follow an unheard-of reign of terror.
McLaughlin's reign of terror included tying youths to lamp-posts outside her house, repeated abuse, criminal damage and threatening behaviour.
One city community has been granted freedom from a reign of terror perpetrated by a gang of young yobs.
O'Hare, who is also suspected of committing multiple murders at the height of a reign of terror in the 80s, is expected to be permanently released from jail early next year.
His two-year reign of terror was terminated when real officers raided one of the premises while he was there, London's Blackfriars Crown Court heard.
Several of their own sisters were martyred in France during the Reign of Terror.
Today, almost 30 years after Bible John's reign of terror, detectives reckon they've finally cracked the case.
McLaughlin warned that with Carol Browner as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, we'd be in for "a green reign of terror.
As with the crazed Joseph McCarthy at the end of his reign of terror, one could detect desperation in Buchanan's sneering tone.
According to reporter, Engr Rashid in a statement issued in Srinagar said, 'Cops have unleashed a reign of terror in the entire Islamabad town and treat themselves beyond accountability.
TWO teenagers who waged a two-year reign of terror against shopkeepers have been told to write letters of apology to them.
Even if the decree's reign of terror were to come to an end eventually, the department would probably still be required to preserve its bureaucratic apparatus.