terrorize

verb
ter·​ror·​ize | \ ˈter-ər-ˌīz How to pronounce terrorize (audio) \
terrorized; terrorizing

Definition of terrorize

transitive verb

1 : to fill with terror or anxiety : scare
2 : to coerce by threat or violence

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Other Words from terrorize

terrorization \ ˌter-​ər-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce terrorization (audio) \ noun

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Examples of terrorize in a Sentence

As a child she terrorized her younger siblings. She was terrorized by nightmares. Employees were terrorized into accepting abysmal working conditions.
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Recent Examples on the Web At least five to seven armed assailants in masks broke into a Houston restaurant, terrorized customers and got away with at least $30,000 in cash and valuables Tuesday morning, Houston police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Masked gunmen terrorize customers at Houston restaurant, get away with $30,000 in valuables," 7 Jan. 2020 The man later charged in her assault is a serial killer who terrorized Detroit for months, police allege — and the blood the man left on her pants is now a key piece of evidence against him. Tim Elfrink, Washington Post, "‘I’m about to die’: A woman escaped a serial killer by stabbing him and jumping out a window, police say," 6 Sep. 2019 The New Jersey home terrorized for years by creepy, sinister letters from a stalker has been sold. Fox News, "‘The Watcher’ home finally sells after five years of creepy letters," 9 Aug. 2019 Conditt was killed last week after terrorizing the Austin area for nearly three weeks in a series of bombing attacks. Mike Ward, Houston Chronicle, "Austin police chief: Bomber was 'domestic terrorist'," 29 Mar. 2018 Conditt was killed last week after terrorizing the Austin area for nearly three weeks in a series of bombing attacks. Mike Ward, San Antonio Express-News, "Austin police chief: Bomber was ‘domestic terrorist’," 29 Mar. 2018 Mark Anthony Conditt, 23, planted a series of explosive devices in the state capital, killing two people and terrorizing the city for 19 days this month. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Austin bomber showed no remorse in confession video, lawmaker says," 23 Mar. 2018 Ask Cyclone quarterback Brock Purdy, who limped to the locker room late in the game after being terrorized too often by No. 6 in white. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Noie: This was Notre Dame at its collective best one final time in 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 An eight-year-old girl was terrorized after a hacker gained access to a Ring security camera installed in her bedroom. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Weirdo Racist Creep Hacks Into Little Girl's Ring Camera, So That's a Thing You Have to Worry About Now," 16 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of terrorize

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of terrorize was in 1823

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23 Jan 2020

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“Terrorize.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrorization. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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terrorize

verb
How to pronounce terrorize (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of terrorize

: to cause (someone) to be extremely afraid
: to force (someone) to do something by using threats or violence

terrorize

verb
ter·​ror·​ize | \ ˈter-ər-ˌīz How to pronounce terrorize (audio) \
terrorized; terrorizing

Kids Definition of terrorize

1 : to fill with fear
2 : to use terrorism against

terrorize

transitive verb
ter·​ror·​ize | \ ˈter-ər-ˌīz How to pronounce terrorize (audio) \
terrorized; terrorizing

Legal Definition of terrorize

: to inflict terror upon

Other Words from terrorize

terrorization \ ˌter-​ər-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce terrorization (audio) \ noun

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