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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Both teams have a lot to replace, especially on offense for Warren Central, where David Bell, Romeir Elliott and Jayden George are no longer around to terrorize defenses. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Thinking high school football: Top-10 area matchups of Week 1 of season," 26 June 2019 Elle Callahan’s distinctively crafted feature follows a group of vacationers terrorized by a mysterious entity with a deadly agenda. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Head Count': Film Review," 14 June 2019 Lynchings were used to terrorize and control black people, notably in the South following the end of slavery. Kelebogile Zvobgo, The Conversation, "Maryland has created a truth commission on lynchings – can it deliver?," 14 June 2019 Horror is meant to make the audience feel disempowered and terrorized. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Since season 1, Jessica Jones has struggled to mix horror with superheroes," 18 June 2019 Burton’s story treatment envisioned Hank McCoy struggling to keep his beastly mutation under control at the X Mansion while working with another scientist grappling with a similar mutation, a man who’s been terrorizing an Inuit village. Nick Romano, EW.com, "X-Men franchise editor once pitched a solo Beast movie — read the script," 15 June 2019 Crisbell must use her powers to figure out how to stop the impending threat of the Ash Blight plague terrorizing the land. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Games of E3 2019," 15 June 2019 Of course, that doesn't work out—Polly gets sent to Sisters of Quiet Mercy and Jason gets killed by his father—but Polly does end up going to The Farm in season two, when the Black Hood is terrorizing Riverdale. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who are Dagwood and Juniper on "Riverdale"?," 25 Apr. 2019 His character terrorized Sophie Turner's character, Sansa Stark, on the show, but behind-the-scenes, the two actors were close friends. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas Pose for an "Awkward" Picture with Joffrey from 'Game of Thrones'," 6 Apr. 2019

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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 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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