terrorize

verb
ter·ror·ize | \ ˈter-ər-ˌīz \
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 \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for terrorize

Synonyms

alarm (also alarum), fright, frighten, horrify, panic, scare, 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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But for the city terrorized by him, Mr. Conditt’s actions qualify. Ali Watkins, New York Times, "Anatomy of a Bomb Investigation: Inside an A.T.F. Lab," 1 Apr. 2018 Oregon terrorized opposing defenses on the ground throughout the 2010 season, racking up 286.2 rushing yards per game to finish fourth in the nation behind two option offenses (Georgia Tech and Air Force) and Colin Kaepernick–led Nevada. Ben Ladner, SI.com, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 Alamo terrorized his followers, punishing them physically, emotionally, and sexaully. refinery29.com, "How Brutal Cult Leader Tony Alamo Amassed A Fortune With Bedazzled Denim Jackets," 29 June 2018 In Florida, a gunman terrorized students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing 17 people and wounding more than a dozen on Valentine's Day. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Exclusive: Advertising surges past $132 million in governors' races this year," 10 June 2018 In March, Mark Conditt terrorized the Austin area with a string of bombings that killed two people, and wounded four others. Omar Villafranca, CBS News, "Package bomb explosion outside Beaumont, Texas, church sparks fears," 11 May 2018 Forty years ago, one man terrorized a region by raping as many as 45 women while eluding law enforcement. Marcos Breton, sacbee, "‘East Area Rapist’ still haunts Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee," 21 June 2016 To be sure, the gang is terrorizing a handful of towns – located in areas like Long Island, New York; Montgomery County, Maryland; Fairfax County, Virginia – largely targeting their own immigrant communities. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Despite Hyper-Aggressive Rhetoric, Trump’s MS-13 Strategy Isn’t Very Comprehensive," 3 July 2018 Tasked with also having to drop back in certain passing situations, a sleeker, quicker Jones terrorized the NFL like no other. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "The hunger game: Cardinals' Chandler Jones has hearty appetite for QBs, for getting better," 26 June 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 \
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 \
terrorized; terrorizing

Legal Definition of terrorize 

: to inflict terror upon

Other words from terrorize

terrorization \ˌter-ər-ə-ˈzā-shən \ noun

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