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 for Reign of Terror
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 mind; violent
        dread; fright.
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              Terror seized the rebel host.         --Milton.
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     2. That which excites dread; a cause of extreme fear.
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              Those enormous terrors of the Nile.   --Prior.
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              Rulers are not a terror to good works. --Rom. xiii.
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              There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats.
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     Note: Terror is used in the formation of compounds which are
           generally self-explaining: as, terror-fraught,
           terror-giving, terror-smitten, terror-stricken,
           terror-struck, and the like.
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     King of terrors, death. --Job xviii. 14.
     Reign of Terror. (French Hist.) See in Dictionary of Noted
        Names in Fiction.
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     Syn: Alarm; fright; consternation; dread; dismay. See
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  reign of terror
      n 1: any period of brutal suppression thought to resemble the
           Reign of Terror in France
      2: 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"

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