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terrorist

noun ter·ror·ist \ ˈter-ər-ist \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of terrorist

plural terrorists
: an advocate or practitioner of terrorism as a means of coercion
  • Opposition still runs high to the idea of releasing or bringing into U.S. prisons dozens of men widely considered dangerous terrorists even if many are not.
  • Less than three weeks before the Winter Olympics are set to begin in the Russian city of Sochi, police there have begun hunting for suspected terrorists allegedly plotting attacks.
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First Known Use of terrorist

1794

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terrorist

adjective

Definition of terrorist

: or, relating to, or characteristic of terrorists or terrorism : practicing or involving violent acts of terror
  • a terrorist organization
  • The consequences of the U.S. response to the terrorist attacks of September 2001 will ramify for decades.
  • —Joe Klein
  • There is no margin for error when a real terrorist threat is present and the safety of the public, and the first responders, is in jeopardy.
  • —Gary J. Laughlin

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First Known Use of terrorist

1795

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TERRORIST Defined for Kids

terrorist

noun ter·ror·ist \ ˈter-ər-ist \

Definition of terrorist for Students

: someone who engages in terrorism

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