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

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Examples of terrorism in a Sentence

They have been arrested for acts of terrorism.

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Someday soon, Tang hopes, Sigma+ will be the strongest tool available to cities in the fight against terrorism. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Device Can Detect Nuclear Armageddon," 25 Apr. 2019 One of the issues is relations with the United States as a partner in the fight against global terrorism and finding a way to end the 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan. Abdul Salam, USA TODAY, "A cricket star is the front-runner to become Pakistan's next prime minister," 9 July 2018 Over the years Al Jazeera has been seen as both a force for free speech and a mouthpiece for terrorism. The Economist, "Cold war in the heatWhy Gulf countries are feuding with Qatar," 21 June 2018 So while street crime in Turkey is relatively low, that’s separate from terrorism. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Safe to Visit Istanbul Right Now?," 11 May 2018 Their story is that [the incident] saved the city from anarchist terrorism. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / History / Politics Remembering the Haymarket Affair and the city's attempts to forget it," 1 May 2018 Officials have asserted the visits increase the risk for terrorism in South Florida. Lois K. Solomon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Palm Beach County deputies earn more than $3 million in overtime protecting Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 Trump has said the travel ban is needed to protect the United States from terrorism by Islamic militants. Anchorage Daily News, "Supreme Court appears to lean toward upholding Trump’s travel ban," 25 Apr. 2018 Investigators said the incident did not appear to be terrorism, the Los Angeles Times reported. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Four hurt in YouTube shooting chaos; woman believed to be shooter is found dead," 2 Oct. 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 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 terrorist (audio) \ adjective or noun
terroristic \ ˌter-​ər-​ˈis-​tik How to pronounce terroristic (audio) \ adjective

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