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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Bolton, who is known for decades of hawkish positions on U.S. foreign policy from North Korea to Iran, had been scheduled to take part in a press briefing Tuesday on terrorism. Bloomberg News, oregonlive, "Donald Trump fires John Bolton after tumultuous tenure," 10 Sep. 2019 Domestic right-wing terrorism is responsible for more deaths on U.S. soil since 9/11 than jihadism, according to statistics compiled by the New America think tank. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Presidential contenders want social networks to do more to crack down on white nationalism," 1 Sep. 2019 But domestic terrorism through white supremacy ideology is a public safety threat. Kristen Mcqueary, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The truth about race-baiting that Trump supporters don’t want to hear," 26 Aug. 2019 Condemnation of the protesters’ actions were strong and swift, with Beijing slamming the attacks as bordering on terrorism. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Mired in anger and hatred, Hong Kong’s “radical” protesters are seeking a way forward," 14 Aug. 2019 Another gap in our law is that domestic terrorism is not a federal crime. Mary B. Mccord, Twin Cities, "Mary B. McCord: White nationalist killers are terrorists. We should fight them like terrorists.," 13 Aug. 2019 Lawmakers are also pressing the FBI to produce an annual report on domestic terrorism. Author: Del Quentin Wilber, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI struggles to confront right-wing terrorism," 11 Aug. 2019 Disentangling the various threads of argument in the debate over guns, mass shootings, mental illness, white nationalism, and domestic terrorism would take volumes. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Guns and the ‘New Class’," 10 Aug. 2019 These are people that the FBI arrested as a result of a domestic terrorism investigation. Fritz Zimmermann, ProPublica, "The FBI Told Congress Domestic Terror Investigations Led to 90 Recent Arrests. It Wouldn’t Show Us Records of Even One.," 9 Aug. 2019

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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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