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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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 Federal anti-terrorism law called for mandatory five-year sentences for the 2012 convictions. CBS News, "Oregon ranchers pardoned by Trump arrive home," 11 July 2018 Brian Gress is assigned to a counter-terrorism squad but declined to comment on the lawsuit. Holly Otterbein, Philly.com, "'Occupy ICE' protester sues Philly police officer for striking him, using 'excessive' force," 10 July 2018 Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Britain’s top anti-terrorism police officer, said the death ‘‘has only served to strengthen our resolve’’ to find those responsible. BostonGlobe.com, "2 more in England exposed to same nerve agent that sickened spy," 8 July 2018 There’s a moment in Season 2, for instance, when a doctor who is involved in bio-terrorism injects one of the two leading characters in the series with a deadly toxin, and the injection is done into one of her eyes. David Zurawik, baltimoresun.com, "'The Tunnel' returns to PBS and speaks truth to our border and immigration debate," 28 June 2018 The Trump administration lifted initial restrictions on foreign nationals from Chad, a key U.S. counter-terrorism ally, in April. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Upholds Presidential Bigotry," 26 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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