eco·​ter·​ror·​ism ˌē-kō-ˈter-ər-i-zəm How to pronounce ecoterrorism (audio)
: sabotage intended to hinder activities that are considered damaging to the environment
: political terrorism intended to damage an enemy's natural environment
ecoterrorist noun or adjective

Examples of ecoterrorism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea that civilization has become so dependent on oil that any break in the supply chain could produce utter anarchy in mere days is wholly plausible, and the backdrop of ecoterrorism lets the creators play both sides so as not to alienate any potential viewers. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2022 The new, and patently ludicrous, strain of ecoterrorism is targeting the possessions of European museums. Itxu Díaz, National Review, 5 Nov. 2022 Climate change, ecoterrorism, ancient Greek, the Renaissance, the Ottoman Empire, metallurgy and the economic hardship of being a single mother in 21st-century Idaho are all dealt with in crisp, swiftly moving sentences. New York Times, 24 Sep. 2021 But outright ecoterrorism isn’t just limited to iPhone activists slashing tires. Andrew Follett, National Review, 30 June 2021 Just last month, Jeff VanderMeer released his new eco-thriller Hummingbird Salamander, a suspenseful story that hinges on species loss and ecoterrorism in a very-near future. Anna Funk, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 May 2021 The third film in the series, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, expands the story to incorporate global arms trafficking and ecoterrorism. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 7 Apr. 2021 Hummingbird Salamander is a profound exploration of climate change and ecoterrorism, the rare work of fiction that acts as both a mirror and a harbinger for the realities of our world. Seija Rankin,, 5 Nov. 2020 When the director Agnieszka Holland adapted Drive Your Plow as Spoor, which won a Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, the far right denounced it as anti-Catholic and sympathetic to ecoterrorism. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, 22 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ecoterrorism was in 1980

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“Ecoterrorism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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