terrorism

noun
ter·​ror·​ism | \ ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce terrorism (audio) \

Definition of terrorism

: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion

Examples of terrorism in a Sentence

They have been arrested for acts of terrorism.
Recent Examples on the Web But the left wing Unidas Podemos, junior partner in the government, have gone further, proposing new legislation that would eliminate the crime of glorifying terrorism or insulting the royal family. Washington Post, "A Spanish rapper was arrested for tweets praising terrorists and mocking royals. Then the protests began.," 23 Feb. 2021 His experience prosecuting domestic terrorism cases could prove exceptionally handy. Michael Balsamo, Star Tribune, "AG nominee Garland vows Capitol riot will be top priority," 22 Feb. 2021 His experience prosecuting domestic terrorism cases could prove exceptionally handy. chicagotribune.com, "Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland vows independence at Justice Department: ‘I do not plan to be interfered with by anyone’," 22 Feb. 2021 His experience prosecuting domestic terrorism cases could prove exceptionally handy. Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, "Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland vows Capitol riot will be top priority," 22 Feb. 2021 Such events could include civil emergencies, national disasters, terrorism incidents, or public health emergencies. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Google to lift political ad ban implemented after Capitol riot," 22 Feb. 2021 Most significantly, the Klan used terrorism to achieve its ends. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "“Judas and the Black Messiah” and the Klan Act," 21 Feb. 2021 But Judge Garland’s experience prosecuting domestic terrorism cases in the 1990s was the formative work of his career, from the nuances of federal statutes down to the feeling of broken glass crunching beneath his dress shoes. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "Merrick Garland Faces Resurgent Peril After Years Fighting Extremism," 20 Feb. 2021 The trial represented the largest U.S. terrorism case at the time. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "After Oath Keepers charges, could feds accuse Capitol attackers of conspiring to overthrow U.S. government?," 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of terrorism

1795, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of terrorism was in 1795

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26 Feb 2021

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“Terrorism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrorism. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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terrorism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of terrorism

: the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal

terrorism

noun
ter·​ror·​ism | \ ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce terrorism (audio) \

Kids Definition of terrorism

: the use of violence as a means of achieving a goal

terrorism

noun
ter·​ror·​ism | \ ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce terrorism (audio) \

Legal Definition of terrorism

1 : the unlawful use or threat of violence especially against the state or the public as a politically motivated means of attack or coercion
2 : violent and intimidating gang activity street terrorism

Other Words from terrorism

terrorist \ -​ist How to pronounce terrorism (audio) \ adjective or noun
terroristic \ ˌter-​ər-​ˈis-​tik How to pronounce terrorism (audio) \ adjective

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