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Thrill vs Terror - What's the difference?

thrill | terror |

As nouns the difference between thrill and terror

is that thrill is a trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion while terror is terror.

As a verb thrill

is (ergative) to suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation.




(en verb)
  • (ergative) To suddenly excite someone, or to give someone great pleasure; to (figuratively) electrify; to experience such a sensation.
  • * 1937 , Frank Churchill and Leigh Harline, “One Song”, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs , Walt Disney:
  • One love / That has possessed me; / One love / Thrilling me through
  • * M. Arnold
  • vivid and picturesque turns of expression which thrill the reader with sudden delight
  • * Spenser
  • The cruel word her tender heart so thrilled , / That sudden cold did run through every vein.
  • (ergative) To (cause something to) tremble or quiver.
  • (obsolete) To perforate by a pointed instrument; to bore; to transfix; to drill.
  • * Spenser
  • He pierced through his chafed chest / With thrilling point of deadly iron brand.
  • (obsolete) To hurl; to throw; to cast.
  • * Heywood
  • I'll thrill my javelin.


    (en noun)
  • A trembling or quivering, especially one caused by emotion.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=1 , passage=She mixed furniture with the same fatal profligacy as she mixed drinks, and this outrageous contact between things which were intended by Nature to be kept poles apart gave her an inexpressible thrill .}}
  • A cause of sudden excitement; a kick.
  • (medicine) A slight quivering of the heart that accompanies a cardiac murmur.
  • A breathing place or hole; a nostril, as of a bird.
  • Derived terms

    * cheap thrill * thrill kill / thrill killing * thrill killer * thrilly



    Alternative forms

    * terrour (obsolete or hypercorrect)


  • (uncountable) Intense dread, fright, or fear.
  • (countable) Specific instance of being intensely terrified.
  • * 1794 , (William Godwin),
  • The terrors with which I was seizedwere extreme.
  • (uncountable) The action or quality of causing dread; terribleness, especially such qualities in narrative fiction.
  • * 1921', (Edith Birkhead), ''The tale of '''terror : a study of the Gothic romance
  • (countable) Something or someone that causes such fear.
  • * 1841 , (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • The terrors of the storm
  • *
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients, chapter=1 , passage=A chap named Eleazir Kendrick and I had chummed in together the summer afore and built a fish-weir and shanty at Setuckit Point, down Orham way. For a spell we done pretty well. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand.}}

    Derived terms

    * terrorism * terrorist * terrorize, terrorized, terrorizing * reign of terror

    See also

    * alarm * fright * consternation * dread * dismay