Origin of English word TERROR

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English Word

TERROR

Edenic Word

Ra’[A]hD

Hebrew Word

רעד

Transliteration

Resh-Ayin-Dalet

Pronounciation

Rah-UDD

Conversion

[ RD → RT →TR]

Roots

The Indo-European “root” of TERROR is tres (to tremble). The AHD recognizes a “hypothetical base” *ter, and a “metathesized form” *ters.

  רעד  RaGHahD, trembling from fear , is  a liquid-guttural-dental in Exodus 15:15 .  Also reversing the TR of TERROR, with Resh-Tsadi perhaps closer to the TR of TERRORISM, is  ערץ [A]RahTS (to dread – Deuteronomy 1:29).  חרד   [K]HaRaiD is to tremble or to fear (Genesis27:33); חרדה   [K]HaRaDaH is terror.


Branches

Another dental-guttural-liquid meaning “terror ,” stronger once we shift the Lamed/L to R, is דחל Da[K]HaL. This is Biblical Aramaic. The Het, like the Ayin above, are “weak letters” that can be ignored. Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic term has an active form, Da[K]HeL, to  terrify (Harkavy). S ee entries like CARDIO, DREAD, HORRID, RATTLE,  and SCARED.  for much more on the dental-liquid sound and sense of shaking in fear. For a zoological fright, see DINOSAUR.

The dental-liquid TEETER is traced by the AHD to Old Norse titra, to tremble. Reversing to a Semitic liquid-dental root might bring on a TERRORIZING fit of quaking, fear and loathing.


Related Words

TREAD



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