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 What if my car is stolen, used by agitators to harass and terrorize my neighbors? Star Tribune, "A Moment of Silence: 'Rest' by Amoke Kubat," 13 Sep. 2020 The use of spit hoods and other hoods to torture and terrorize vulnerable people is a fact and feature of America’s history, as well as its present. Tasha Williams, The New Republic, "The American Horror of Hooding," 5 Sep. 2020 The tweets falsely claimed the Rothschild family created a plot to terrorize and destroy non-Jewish people. TheWeek, "Trump campaign adviser touts anti-Semitic conspiracy theory hours before now-canceled RNC speech," 26 Aug. 2020 And that system is to terrorize or destroy, and there’s no compromising with it. Jeanne Jakle, ExpressNews.com, "Heroes of new HBO 1950s series ‘Lovecraft Country’ face threats from monsters, racism on cross-country trek," 12 Aug. 2020 But Joel continued to terrorize her, at one point, kidnapping and raping her. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Poet Natasha Trethewey Reckons With Her Mother's Murder and Growing Up Biracial in the South," 7 Aug. 2020 Blueprints of the Nazi V-1 arrived at the ranch on March 3, 1944, some three months before the drone would begin to terrorize London. Jamie Holmes, Wired, "The American Scientists Who Saved London From Nazi Drones," 4 Aug. 2020 Only a few times did the animals escape and terrorize the neighbors. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet Lizard Man, a reptile-loving biologist tackling some of the biggest questions in evolution," 30 July 2020 While Akerman and his immediate successor, George Henry Williams, had crushed the Klan, paramilitary organizations like the White League continued to terrorize the black citizenry throughout the South. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, "Created 150 Years Ago, the Justice Department’s First Mission Was to Protect Black Rights," 1 July 2020

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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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21 Sep 2020

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“Terrorize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrorize. Accessed 28 Sep. 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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