[ ter-er-strik-uhn ]
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  1. overwhelmed by terror; terrified.

Origin of terror-stricken

First recorded in 1835–45
  • Also ter·ror-struck [ter-er-struhk]. /ˈtɛr ərˌstrʌk/.

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How to use terror-stricken in a sentence

  • terror-stricken fugitives began to block the roads and to impede the movements of the army.

  • terror-stricken, he left the church, and did not regain his consciousness until he stood in the portico of the old temple.

  • terror-stricken, they appeared before the war council, there to render an account of their deeds.

    In the Shadow of Death | P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
  • terror-stricken he fled in the direction taken by his friend, whom he soon met, returning to learn the cause of the firing.

    Stories of Old Kentucky | Martha Grassham Purcell
  • terror-stricken, appalled, shaking as with an ague, the gun almost drops from his grasp.

    The Death Shot | Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for terror-stricken


  1. in a state of terror

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