terrorism

noun
ter·​ror·​ism | \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm \

Definition of terrorism 

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

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Other Words from terrorism

terrorist \ ˈter-​ər-​ist \ adjective or noun
terroristic \ ˌter-​ər-​ˈi-​stik \ adjective

Examples of terrorism in a Sentence

They have been arrested for acts of terrorism.

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Under the state of emergency, political intimidation has become routine, government opponents have been accused of terrorism, and press freedom and the right to protest have been significantly curtailed. Iliana Magra, BostonGlobe.com, "Stakes high in Turkish election, for Erdogan and the country," 23 June 2018 The celebrated Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is serving a 20-year sentence in a Russian prison, allegedly for plotting terrorism during President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Literature Behind Bars," 12 July 2018 At the summit, the six agreed to share police and intelligence data in the fight against organised crime and terrorism. The Economist, "Thanks to Boris Johnson, a farcical west-Balkan summit in London," 11 July 2018 Some Republicans say eliminating ICE would mean abolishing the borders and opening the country to crime, drugs, and terrorism. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "For 'Abolish ICE' protesters and the targets of their ire, what's next?," 6 July 2018 Requests for records of U.S. citizens must be based on an investigation being conducted to protect against terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities and the probe cannot be conducted solely on activities protected by the First Amendment. CBS News, "NSA deletion of more than 685 million call records raises questions," 30 June 2018 Nothing in this move will enhance national security, fight terrorism, or strengthen the economy. Luke Darby, GQ, "Donald Trump Is Waging War on Documented Immigrants," 7 May 2018 Drug-resistant infections also threaten national security, as antibiotics are a cornerstone of preparedness and response to natural disasters, terrorism, and support for our military services and agriculture. Kevin Outterson, STAT, "Innovative ways to pay for new antibiotics will help fight superbugs," 11 Apr. 2018 The Trumps are to spend the evening at the U.S. ambassador’s official residence in central London, where new fences and counter-terrorism concrete barricades have been installed ahead of the visit. Christina Boyle, latimes.com, "When Trump visits Britain, thousands of demonstrators plan to show him some resistance," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of terrorism

1795, in the meaning defined above

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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 \

Kids Definition of terrorism

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

terrorism

noun
ter·​ror·​ism | \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm \

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 \ adjective or noun
terroristic \ ˌter-​ər-​ˈis-​tik \ adjective

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