king of terrors


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king of terrors

1. Death as an idea or personification. In those days, the king of terrors was ever present in families' lives, such that they were forever prepared to confront the death of a loved one at almost any given moment.
2. That which is a notable cause of death. Her blood ran cold when the doctor said it could be that king of terrors, cancer.
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king of terrors

death personified.
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In the 19th Century, obtaining clean water was difficult for many as people sought to dodge the threat of cholera, a disease nicknamed "king of terrors".
The King of Terrors met their gaze In ev'ry shape, or form, or phase, He rode upon the bustling shell: They found him where the round shot fell; They heard him in exploding mine, In bayonet gleam they saw him shine; They saw him come with saber's flash, Driving out souls through many a gash; He play'd among the deadly dew, Which soak'd their tatter'd garments Through....
Facing the "King of Terrors": Death and Society in an American Community, 1750-1900.
Schenectady proved to be a remarkably rich site for studying "the King of Terrors." Wells justifies his case study on grounds of the city's early settlement (1661), demographic mix, and its geographic site (which created some interesting health problems).
The oft quoted words themselves come from a sermon called 'King of Terrors', preached in St.
In 'King of Terrors' Holland describes an outer reality that terrifies, and an inner conviction that assures.
Nineteenth-century Americans often referred to death as "the King of Terrors," although they appear from the modern perspective to be both familiar and comfortable with death.