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 Authorities are continuing to investigate the possibility of hate crime and terrorism charges. Carolyn Thompson, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2022 Garland, similarly, created a new Justice Department unit this year that is focused solely on domestic terrorism, an acknowledgment that the issue is taking on greater urgency. David Nakamura, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 Authorities have charged Gendren with first-degree murder, though John Flynn, Erie County's district attorney, said along with the murder charge, his office and federal authorities were pursuing others, from terrorism to hate crimes. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 18 May 2022 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insists that Finland and Sweden must show more respect for Turkish sensitivities about terrorism. Lorne Cook, Chicago Tribune, 18 May 2022 The alleged shooter faces one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, 23 Feb. 2022 The 15-year-old suspect faces 24 charges, including one count of terrorism causing death and four counts of first-degree murder. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 19 Jan. 2022 Ethan Crumbley, 15, has been charged as an adult with four counts of first-degree murder, one count of terrorism causing death, seven counts of assault with intent to murder and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. NBC News, 25 Dec. 2021 Crumbley was charged with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Fox News, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

21 May 2022

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“Terrorism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrorism. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for terrorism

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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