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Terror may refer to:

  • Fear, an emotional response to threats and danger
  • As in Horror and terror, standard literary and psychological concepts, especially as applied to Gothic literature
  • Terrorism, a policy or act intended to intimidate or cause terror, usually for the furtherance of ideological goals
  • Reign of Terror (1793–1794) in France



Film and television



Naval ships

  • Spanish destroyer Terror, a ship that fought in the Spanish-American War
  • HMS Terror (disambiguation), at least nine ships of the Royal Navy, including:
    • HMS Terror (1813), took part in James Clark Ross's 1839–1843 expedition to Antarctica and John Franklin's 1845 expedition to the Arctic
  • USS Terror (disambiguation), at least four ships of the United States Navy

Other uses

See also



Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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  • Terrorism does not happen in a vacuum. And we would not be subject to and endangered by so-called terrorism within our own countries if we in fact kept our countries as our own heritage, our own value system. The recent terror plot in Britain, for instance was launched mostly, almost entirely by Muslims of non-European descent, who were born in Britain. Born in Britain, because of the immigration policies of our countries.
  • "If you want to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization, then you must call Israel a terrorist organization."
    • (David Duke’s radio show broadcast, 10 August 2006: The Israeli Invasion and Bombing of Lebanon); [[2]]
  • “I Define a “terrorist” as a non-state actor who attacks civilian targets in order to strike terror into the hearts of the enemy community.. A “state terrorist” is a state doing the same thing.
    • Michael Mann, Professor of Sociology, UCLA in ‘Incoherent Empire’, p 159
  • Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites.
  • Others are engaging even in an eco- type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.
    • U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, DoD news briefing, April 28, 1997 [4]
    • discussing threats from other countries' scientific projects
  • A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America — with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.
  • What we have found in Afghanistan confirms that, far from ending there, our war against terror is only beginning... tens of thousands of trained terrorists are still at large. These enemies view the entire world as a battlefield, and we must pursue them wherever they are. So long as training camps operate, so long as nations harbor terrorists, freedom is at risk. And America and our allies must not, and will not, allow it....Our military has put the terror training camps of Afghanistan out of business, yet camps still exist in at least a dozen countries. A terrorist underworld — including groups like Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Jaish-i-Mohammed — operates in remote jungles and deserts, and hides in the centers of large cities....But some governments will be timid in the face of terror. And make no mistake about it: If they do not act, America will.
  • It is the great challenge of this century and it's this: As young democracies flourish, terrorists try to stop their progress. And it's the great challenge of the United States and others who are blessed with living in free countries. Not only do terrorists try to stop the advance of democracy through killing innocent people within those countries, they also try to shape the will of the western world by killing innocent westerners. They try to spread their jihadist message — a message I call, it's totalitarian in nature — Islamic radicalism, Islamic fascism, they try to spread it as well by taking the attack to those of us who love freedom.
  • The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to — to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.... The — this country is safer than it was prior to 9/11. We've taken a lot of measures to protect the American people. But obviously we're still not completely safe, because there are people that still plot and people who want to harm us for what we believe in. It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America.
  • The war we fight today is more than a military conflict; it is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century. On one side are those who believe in the values of freedom and moderation -- the right of all people to speak, and worship, and live in liberty. And on the other side are those driven by the values of tyranny and extremism -- the right of a self-appointed few to impose their fanatical views on all the rest. As veterans, you have seen this kind of enemy before. They're successors to Fascists, to Nazis, to Communists, and other totalitarians of the 20th century. And history shows what the outcome will be: This war will be difficult; this war will be long; and this war will end in the defeat of the terrorists and totalitarians, and a victory for the cause of freedom and liberty.
  • Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism.
  • Islamic terrorists are against us because of what we do, not who we are…if we did not attack them, then their leadership would have trouble persuading their followers that they need to die attacking the American way of life.”
    • Michael Scheur, ex head of CIA anti-terrorist unit on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) 7.30 report, 23/11/04
  • If I truly believed that it was the right thing to do, that it was what sovereign God wanted me to do, and that if I did it I'd be rewarded in heaven with a huge mansion, 80,000 servants, and 72 beautiful, willing virgins all waiting there just for me, I'd crash a plane into a building too.
  • Terrorism is the war of the poor, and, war is the terrorism of the rich.
  • It's not always possible to immediately follow every attack against Israel with a public statement of condemnation, and for various reasons, among them the fact that the attacks against Israel sometimes were followed by immediate Israeli reactions not always compatible with the rules of international law. It would thus be impossible to condemn the first and let the second pass in silence.
  • Mankind creates terrorists but , terrorists never create men .
  • The building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by their people. By itself, a symbol is meaningless, but with enough people, blowing up a building can change the world.
  • In our eyes, individual terror is inadmissible precisely because it belittles the role of the masses in their own consciousness, reconciles them to their own powerlessness, and turns their eyes and hopes toward a great avenger and liberator who someday will come and accomplish his mission.
    • Leon Trotsky: On Terrorism in the Pathfinder Press pamphlet "Marxism and Terrorism"; original in Der Kampf, November 1911, trans. M. Vogt and G. Saunders
  • Terrorism is tempting with its tremendous possibilities. It offers a mechanical solution, as it were, in hopeless situations. ... the principles of terrorism unavoidably rebound to the fatal injury of liberty and revolution. Absolute power corrupts and defeats its partisans no less than its opponents. A people that knows not liberty becomes accustomed to dictatorship: fighting despotism and counter-revolution, terrorism itself becomes their efficient school. Once on the road of terrorism, the State necessarily becomes estranged from the people.
    • The Bolshevik Myth by Alexander Berkman in Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas (Vol. 1) by Robert Graham, ed. (Montreal: Black Rose Books, 2005) p. 312.
  • When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network, a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.

    By blaming the government for our actions, those who pushed the 'Blair's bombs' line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.

  • In this tragic moment, when words seem so inadequate to express the shock people feel, the first thing that comes to mind is this: We are all Americans! We are all New Yorkers, just as surely as John F. Kennedy declared himself to be a Berliner in 1962 when he visited Berlin.
    • Jean-Marie Colombani, Le Monde (liberal), Paris, France, Sept. 12, 2001.
  • If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field.


  • No Arabs - No Terrorism.
  • It is good to die for settlement
  • Forgiving or punishing the terrorists is left to God. But, fixing their appointment with God is our responsibility.
  • “If we allow ourselves to be terrorized by fear of the terrorists, then they have won."
    • Salman Rushdie in an interview explaining how he managed to maintain a near normal life despite having a fatwa placed upon him.

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Source material

Up to date as of January 22, 2010

From Wikisource

by Richard Aldington

Those of the earth envy us,
Envy our beauty and frail strength;
Those of the wind and the moon
Envy our pain.


For as a doe that has never born child
We were swift to fly from terror;
And as fragile edged steel
We turned, we pierced, we endured.


We have known terror:
The terror of the wind and silent shadows,
The terror of great heights,
The terror of the worm,
The terror of thunder and fire,
The terror of water and slime,
The terror of horror and fear,
The terror of desire and pain—
The terror of apathy.


As a beast, as an arrow of pine,
Terror cleft us,
Tore us in envy away,
So that for month upon month
Pain wore us, hope left us, despair clutched us.
For those of the earth envied us,
Envied our beauty and strength.


Yet because, though we faltered and wept,
We held fast, clung close to our love,
Scorned hate even as they scorned us,
Some god has lightened our lives,
Given back the cool mouth of song
And the hands that blossom of fire,
Given too the month crushed like a flower
Which unpetals in marvelous ways,
The limbs that are hard and straight
With maidenly thews and blood,
Given those so that day is aflame
And night shot golden with shafts.


We have suffered, we have bled,
And those of the wind and the moon
Envy our pain, the pain of the terror,
The delight no terror could slay.


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also terror




Terror m. (genitive Terrors, no plural)

  1. terror


Related terms

Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Terror is a state of fear, an overwhelming sense of imminent danger.

  • Horror and terror

Terror could also mean:

In history
  • Reign of Terror, a period of extreme violence, 1793 - 1794, during the French Revolution
    • The last weeks of the Reign of Terror are sometimes referred to as the "Red Terror" or "Great Terror"; see below for other uses of those terms.
  • Red Terror, a campaign of repression and violence by Bolsheviks in Soviet Russia 1918 - 1922
  • White Terror, acts of violence by reactionary groups as part of a counter-revolution
    • The White Terror (France), two similar movements against the French Revolution 1794 - 1795
  • Great Terror, another name for the Great Purge, campaigns of repression and persecution in the Soviet Union during the late 1930s
In popular culture
  • The Terror (1963 film), a 1963 horror film directed by Roger Corman
  • The Terror (novel), a 2007 novel by Dan Simmons
  • Terror (band), an American hardcore punk band from California
  • "Terror", a song by My Ruin from their 1999 album Speak and Destroy
In comics
  • Terror (New England Comics), a supervillain from The Tick comic books, cartoon, and live-action TV series
  • Terror Inc., a 1992 Marvel Comics series
  • Terror (Marvel Comics), the fictional Marvel Comics character of the 1940's
Other uses
  • Green terror, a tropical freshwater fish
  • Night terror, a sleep disorder
  • HMS Terror (disambiguation), nine ships of the Royal Navy
  • USS Terror (disambiguation), three ships of the United States Navy
  • Mount Terror (disambiguation), two mountains

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