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 terrorize (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 In addition to revealing Spider-Man's identity and faking a video tape that depicting the web-slinger murdering him, Mysterio set it up to look like Peter owned the drones the villain used to terrorize the world. Nick Romano, EW.com, 24 Aug. 2021 The law enforcement profession has also struggled with its origins in America, dating back to the slave patrols in the early 1700s formed to capture people who escaped slavery and terrorize the enslaved into submission. Aaron Morrison, chicagotribune.com, 28 July 2021 The law enforcement profession has also struggled with its origins in America, dating back to the slave patrols in the early 1700s formed to capture people who escaped slavery and terrorize the enslaved into submission. Aaron Morrison, ajc, 28 July 2021 The law enforcement profession has also struggled with its origins in America, dating back to the slave patrols in the early 1700s formed to capture people who escaped slavery and terrorize the enslaved into submission. Aaron Morrison, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 Yes, Jason immediately returns as the gun-wielding Red Hood in the second episode and proceeds to terrorize Gotham with several explosive schemes and target the Titans. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, 12 Aug. 2021 Foreman was a far more enigmatic figure than Ali, having unwittingly lost favor with the citizens of Zaire by virtue of owning the same breed of dog, a German Shepard, employed in the past by Belgian colonizers to terrorize them. Adam Bradley, New York Times, 17 June 2021 And indeed, historians say the point of lynching — the savagery and its highly public nature — was to terrorize and thus control Black people, at the time and beyond. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 In most of these cases, the motivation was both to take over land and to intimidate and terrorize Palestinians. Raja Shehadeh, The New Yorker, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of terrorize

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Sep 2021

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“Terrorize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrorize. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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 terrorize (audio) \ noun

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