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For other uses of "Terror", see Terror (disambiguation).
Drawing by Sir Charles Bell of a terrified man from Essays on Expression.
Figure 20 from Charles Darwin's The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872). Caption reads "FIG. 20.—Terror, from a photograph by Dr. Duchenne."

Terror is a type of fear, an emotional response to threats or danger, is usually described as the feeling of dread and anticipation that precedes the horrifying experience.


  • And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.
    Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.
  • It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking
    In the dark
    Under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops
    Your heart.
    You try to scream, but terror takes the sound before
    You make it
    You start to freeze as horror looks you right between
    The eyes
    You're paralyzed
    'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
    And no one's gonna save you from the beast about to
    You know it's thriller, thriller night
    You're fighting for your life inside a killer
    Thriller tonight.
  • Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them.
    • Quran 8.12. Yusuf Ali
  • Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.
    • Quran 8.60. Yusuf Ali
  • We shall cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve because they ascribe unto Allah partners, for which no warrant hath been revealed. Their habitation is the Fire, and hapless the abode of the wrong-doers
    • Quran 3.151. M. M. Pickthall
  • I have been made victorious with terror.
    • Bukhari, vol. 4, book 56, no. 2977.

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