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.
Recent Examples of terrorize from the Web
A man who terrorized his Montgomery neighbors for years was sentenced on Monday to 40 years in prison.
The obvious thing to focus on was that Trump had blown not so much a dog whistle, but a bull horn towards the white supremacist groups who'd terrorized Charlottesville this past weekend—often in his name.
The father was a domineering and abusive guy who terrorized his family but was loved by the men in his command.
Officers terrorized several black teenage boys and two white women who had been staying there, a macabre episode that ended with the deaths of three of the boys and the acquittal of the officers.
Trump's speech to federal, state and local law enforcement officials was supposed to be about his administration's efforts to eradicate MS-13, a brutal gang that is terrorizing cities across the country.
Three unarmed black males were killed in an encounter with police, and nine others (seven of them black) were beaten and terrorized.
White families were provided a free head start while black families were tortured, terrorized, and plundered.
Instead, the humanitarian is spending her birthday in Iraq, meeting with Iraqi, Kurdish, Yazidi and Christian girls who were terrorized by ISIS.
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First Known Use of terrorize
Synonymsaffright, alarm (also alarum), fright, horrify, panic, scare, scarify, shock, spook, startle, terrify, frighten
Related Wordsappall (also appal), bowl over, dismay, floor, jolt, shake, shake up; amaze, astound, awe; chill, daunt, demoralize, dispirit, emasculate, psych (out), undo, unman, unnerve, unstring; discomfort, discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distract, distress, disturb, perturb, unsettle, upset, worry
Near Antonymsassure, cheer, comfort, console, solace, soothe; embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire, steel
TERRORIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of terrorize for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to be extremely afraid
: to force (someone) to do something by using threats or violence
TERRORIZE Defined for Kids
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