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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One post in particular is worth watching: a news clip about Ethel's turkey, which escaped and promptly terrorized a mailman. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Ethel Kennedy Was the Patriots' Cutest Fan During the Super Bowl," 4 Feb. 2019 For six years, 14 factions, both Muslim and Christian, have been terrorizing the country. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "Cynthia McFadden Went Into the Triangle of Death," 14 Mar. 2019 The latter terrorizes not just our staff but the patients coming to us for care. As Told To Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina," 21 Nov. 2018 The Sacramento County Superior Court hearing sets up a trial in the state capital, which was among several cities terrorized by the rapes and killings during the 1970s and 1980s. Fox News, "Golden State Killer suspect faces consolidated charges," 23 Aug. 2018 John Carpenter’s stylish 1978 original was the prototypical slasher film, with Michael Myers in his signature white mask terrorizing teenagers as an unknowable, unstoppable force of nature. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The new Halloween is a slasher movie with an actual message," 19 Oct. 2018 The trailer for Us shows Nyong’o as the mother in a family terrorized by another family that looks identical to them. Veronica Chambers, Marie Claire, "Lupita in the Lead," 5 Feb. 2019 In other words, most of the country is now ruled by transnational criminal networks that terrorize the population. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "The Drug War and the Caravan," 11 Nov. 2018 The attacks Before there was Jaws, a fictional account of a killer shark that terrorized a sleepy beach town, there was reality at the Jersey Shore. Tommy Rowan, Philly.com, "Irrational shark fear you can't escape at the Jersey Shore," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of terrorize

1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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terrorism

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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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