Reign of Terror


noun

a period of the French Revolution, from about March, 1793, to July, 1794, during which many persons were ruthlessly executed by the ruling faction.
(lowercase) any period or situation of ruthless administration or oppression.

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British Dictionary definitions for reign of terror

Reign of Terror

noun

the period of Jacobin rule during the French Revolution, during which thousands of people were executed for treason (Oct 1793–July 1794)
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Cultural definitions for reign of terror

Reign of Terror

A phase of the French Revolution aimed at destroying all alleged pockets of resistance to the revolution. Robespierre was a leader of the Terror, during which thousands were sent to the guillotine.

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