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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That word — terrorism — got a lot of people riled up. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter One: A War in the Desert," 15 May 2018 Clearly visible on the Fullback is a Kh-35 missile anti-ship missile, a strange weapon for Russian forces in Syria to fight terrorism to be equipped with. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Blows Up Junked Warship in Provocative Missile Test," 26 Apr. 2018 Some also turned to international terrorism and helped radicals in Europe. The Economist, "Syrian refugees could turn into the new Palestinians," 30 June 2018 Shahid said there was pushback from the community, some with concerns about the development and others who equated Islam to terrorism. Laura Gómez, azcentral, "Muslim community finds place to celebrate Ramadan at Glendale Christian church," 15 June 2018 In the letter, Erdan noted that unlike other social media platform, Twitter has consistently refused Israeli authorities' requests to remove content posted by terrorist groups or block accounts that feature support of or incitement to terrorism. Itsik Saban/israel Hayom, Jewish Journal, "Israeli security minister: Twitter must muzzle terror-linked accounts," 13 June 2018 As a result, Henry was blindsided when Kwatinetz turned on Sabi and Al-Rumaihi, accusing them of investing in the League simply to get close to Bannon, accusing them of being connected to terrorism, and making numerous outlandish statements. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Ice Cube's BIG3 Slammed With New Lawsuit Alleging Steve Bannon Friend Created Hostile Workplace," 11 June 2018 Authorities say Paddock acted alone and that no link has been found to international terrorism. CBS News, "Newly released video shows Las Vegas shooting from above," 7 June 2018 This is not related to terrorism and police are treating it as an accident. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "Several injured after car crashes into Bucks ice cream shop," 1 June 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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