Definition of terror-stricken in English:


(also terror-struck)


  • Feeling or expressing extreme fear.

    ‘the girl was glued to the spot, terror-stricken’
    ‘a terror-stricken look’
    • ‘Trujillo is long gone and it is hard to believe that the country she finds on her return was once the terror-struck place she had fled.’
    • ‘But why are we so terror-struck by dentists, especially when we need all the help we can get, given our traditionally less-than-perfect smiles?’
    • ‘Actually, he could not think of a higher sacrifice of a loving mother than sitting up at night at the bed of a terror-stricken infant.’
    • ‘Rising to follow him through the doors of the ship and onto the soft, hot sands, she watched, terror-stricken, as Ryell drew his blade and approached his adversary.’
    • ‘I smiled menacingly and she quickly averted her terror-stricken gaze.’
    • ‘The scenes in which Kelly is held captive by a shadowy assailant create a real sense of fear by virtue of the juxtaposition of Kelly's sharply-lit, terror-stricken face and Lynch's completely shadow-covered one.’
    • ‘There is no one better than Mayall at creating the terror-stricken moments which ensue whenever the character senses that his chequered past may be about to ruin his life of luxury.’
    • ‘For this story, David Hein, a free-lance journalist who lives in Germany, interviewed American basketball players living in war-and terror-stricken countries outside the United States.’
    • ‘I saw the terror-struck faces, and the frantic waving of their arms!’
    • ‘With the imperial household out of the way, the Senate enfeebled by dissension and apathy, the civil service terror-stricken, and the military under flabby command, the throne seemed well within Faustinus's grasp.’
    • ‘Rodney was fighting futilely against them as his red hair fell messily into his terror-stricken green eyes.’
    • ‘It should not be confused with night terrors or panics, in which a child becomes acutely agitated and terror-struck at night, appearing to be awake while in fact asleep and unable to be woken.’
    • ‘Sierra knew that tears were flowing down her cheeks as she looked at the picture of her terror-stricken sister with acceptance of death in her eyes.’
    • ‘Scores of terror-stricken farmers had abandoned their properties following attacks on several of their colleagues and the death of two.’
    • ‘A Tadcaster shop worker was left terror-stricken today after a youth threatened to stab her with a knife unless she gave him money from the till.’
    • ‘In fact, the clock had struck three before the noises finally ceased, but even after that Mary was too terror-struck to sleep.’
    • ‘I have only performed here once, and I was terror-stricken!’
    • ‘The robot scampers around a bit, but when the physicist raises the hammer, the machine turns over on its back, emits a few piteous squeals, and looks up at its persecutor with enormous, terror-stricken eyes.’
    • ‘Towns and villages were deliberately bombed to create a fleeing mass of terror-stricken civilians to block the roads and hamper the flow of reinforcements to the front.’
    • ‘Her pale blue eyes were wide and terror-stricken and darted from the barred door to the tiny circular window, but there was no way she could escape her confines.’
    frightened, scared, scared stiff, terrified, fearful, petrified, nervous, scared to death
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