terrorize

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verb ter·ror·ize \ ˈter-ər-ˌīz \

Definition of terrorize

terrorized; terrorizing
transitive verb
1 :to fill with terror or anxiety :scare
2 :to coerce by threat or violence

terrorization

play \ˌter-ər-ə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of terrorize in a Sentence

  1. As a child she terrorized her younger siblings.

  2. She was terrorized by nightmares.

  3. Employees were terrorized into accepting abysmal working conditions.

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First Known Use of terrorize

1823


TERRORIZE Defined for English Language Learners

terrorize

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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

terrorize

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verb ter·ror·ize \ ˈter-ər-ˌīz \

Definition of terrorize for Students

terrorized; terrorizing
1 :to fill with fear
2 :to use terrorism against

Law Dictionary

terrorize

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transitive verb ter·ror·ize \ ˈter-ər-ˌīz \

legal Definition of terrorize

terrorized; terrorizing
:to inflict terror upon

terrorization

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