ecoterrorism

noun
eco·​ter·​ror·​ism | \ ˌē-kō-ˈter-ər-i-zəm How to pronounce ecoterrorism (audio) , ˌe-kō- \

Definition of ecoterrorism

1 : sabotage intended to hinder activities that are considered damaging to the environment
2 : political terrorism intended to damage an enemy's natural environment

Other Words from ecoterrorism

ecoterrorist \ ˌē-​kō-​ˈter-​ər-​ist How to pronounce ecoterrorism (audio) , ˌe-​kō-​ \ noun or adjective

Examples of ecoterrorism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, EW.com, 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 His plan is one of ecoterrorism with a side order of the Rapture: Kill off 50 percent of the intergalactic population and enjoy an early retirement. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 24 Apr. 2018 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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First Known Use of ecoterrorism

1980, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ecoterrorism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ecoterrorism. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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