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

Synonyms & Antonyms for terrorize

Synonyms

affright, alarm (also alarum), fright, frighten, horrify, panic, scare, scarify, shock, spook, startle, terrify

Antonyms

reassure

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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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The Mind Flayer, trapped in the Upside Down, still needed a way to terrorize Hawkins in season 3. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Behind the Scenes: Stranger Things 3 podcast reveals how puberty inspired the Mind Flayer's monster," 25 July 2019 Billy uses that autonomy to stand up to the Mind Flayer's monster, which the villain created to terrorize Eleven and her friends. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Here's Who Definitely Died In The Stranger Things 3 Finale," 5 July 2019 Also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer terrorized California communities in the 1970s and ’80s. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Arrest made in Golden State Killer case featured in I'll Be Gone in the Dark," 25 Apr. 2018 Ballard signed Houston to a two-year, $24 million deal, instantly giving Indianapolis its best pass rusher since Robert Mathis was terrorizing quarterbacks at Lucas Oil. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' offseason: 7 key steps for Indianapolis as team tries to go from good to great," 20 July 2019 Several years ago, after residents complained their pets were being terrorized, the city of Parkland hired a trapper after being told by the state to learn to put up with the coyotes. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "After rash of coyote sightings, city is told: Learn to live with them," 19 July 2019 When Westbrook and Harden share the court together, Harden can be lethal off-ball threat as a shooter, or Westbrook can terrorize teams attacking closeouts as a secondary scorer. Andrew Sharp, SI.com, "Russell Westbrook on the Rockets Is the NBA Offseason's Strangest Move," 12 July 2019 Again, a lot of these people are seeking asylum because they are being terrorized in their homelands. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why All the Justifications for Child Separation Are Bullshit," 20 June 2018 Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano sent ash six miles into the sky Thursday morning, the most powerful recent eruption from the trouble-making volcano, which has terrorized Hawaii’s Big Island with lava, ash, and minor earthquakes for the past two weeks. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts, But the ‘Big One’ Is Still Coming," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of terrorize

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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terrorize

verb

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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