in terrorem

in terrorem
\\ˈin.ˌteˈräˌrem\ adverb (or adjective)
Etymology: Latin, for terror
: by way of threat or intimidation

if, after becoming aware of the other party's offense, the injured party could hold it in terrorem over his or her head — Edward Jenks

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in terrorem /in te-rōˈrem or -röˈ/
As a warning

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in terrorem
see in prep.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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