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ter·ror·ism

 (tĕr′ə-rĭz′əm)
n.
The use of violence or the threat of violence, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political goals.

terrorism

(ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm)
n
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) systematic use of violence and intimidation to achieve some goal
2. the act of terrorizing
3. the state of being terrorized

ter•ror•ism

(ˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm)

n.
1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
2. the state of fear so produced.
3. government or resistance to government by means of terror.
[1785–95]
ter′ror•ist, n., adj.
ter`ror•is′tic, adj.

terrorism

The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological. See also antiterrorism; combating terrorism; counterterrorism; force protection condition; terrorist; terrorist groups.

terrorism

1. a method of government or of resisting government involving domination or coercion by various forms of intimidation, as bombing or kidnapping.
2. the state of fear and terror so produced. — terrorist, n., adj. — terroristic, adj.
See also: Politics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terrorism - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in natureterrorism - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
terror - the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons); "he used terror to make them confess"
biological terrorism, bioterrorism - terrorism using the weapons of biological warfare
chemical terrorism - terrorism using the chemical agents of chemical warfare; can undermine the personal security of citizens; "a good agent for chemical terrorism should be colorless and odorless and inexpensive and readily available and not detectable until symptoms are experienced"
cyber-terrorism, cyberwar - an assault on electronic communication networks
domestic terrorism - terrorism practiced in your own country against your own people; "the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City was an instance of domestic terrorism"
ecological terrorism, ecological warfare, ecoterrorism, eco-warfare - violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
international terrorism - terrorism practiced in a foreign country by terrorists who are not native to that country
narcoterrorism - the financing of terrorist activities by participation in the drug trade
nuclear terrorism - the use of a nuclear device by a terrorist organization to cause massive devastation or the use (or threat of use) of fissionable radioactive materials; "assaults on nuclear power plants is one form of nuclear terrorism"
state-sponsored terrorism - terrorism practiced by a government against its own people or in support of international terrorism
theoterrorism - terrorism for a religious purpose
terrorisation, terrorization - an act of terrorism
bombing - the use of bombs for sabotage; a tactic frequently used by terrorists
dirty war - an offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims; "thousands of people disappeared and were killed during Argentina's dirty war in the late 1970s"
counterintelligence - intelligence activities concerned with identifying and counteracting the threat to security posed by hostile intelligence organizations or by individuals engaged in espionage or sabotage or subversion or terrorism
ring containment - a strategy of defense in cases of bioterrorism; vaccination only of people exposed and others who are in contact with them; "ring containment is a proven method of halting a smallpox epidemic"
frightening, terrorisation, terrorization - the act of inspiring with fear
terrorist attack - a surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims
stash house - a house where weapons and supplies are hidden; "attacks on stash houses is the most frequently used method of counterterrorism"
USS Cole - a United States destroyer; "17 sailors died as the result of a terrorist attack while the USS Cole was anchored in Aden"
twin towers, World Trade Center, WTC - twin skyscrapers 110 stories high in New York City; built 1368 feet tall in 1970 to 1973; destroyed by a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
counterterrorism - a strategy intended to prevent or counter terrorism
biometric authentication, biometric identification, identity verification - the automatic identification of living individuals by using their physiological and behavioral characteristics; "negative identification can only be accomplished through biometric identification"; "if a pin or password is lost or forgotten it can be changed and reissued but a biometric identification cannot"
automatic face recognition, face recognition, facial recognition - biometric identification by scanning a person's face and matching it against a library of known faces; "they used face recognition to spot known terrorists"
facial profiling - identification of criminals and terrorist by means of videotapes of their faces; "facial profiling is a new form of airport security"
Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades - a terrorist group that has worked with Al Qaeda; claimed responsibility for attacks in Iraq and Turkey
Abu Sayyaf, Bearer of the Sword - a small gang of terrorist thugs claiming to seek a separate Islamic state for the Muslim minority in the Philippines; uses bombing and assassination and extortion and kidnapping; "In 2001 Abu Sayyaf kidnapped twenty people and beheaded one of the American captives"
Aksa Martyrs Brigades, al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades, Martyrs of al-Aqsa - a militant offshoot of al-Fatah that is the newest and strongest and best equipped faction active in the West Bank; responsible for many deadly attacks in Israel in 2002
ABB, Alex Boncayao Brigade, Revolutionary Proletarian Army, RPA-ABB - an urban hit squad and guerrilla group of the Communist Party in the Philippines; formed in the 1980s
al-Asifa, al-Fatah, Fatah - a Palestinian political and military organization founded by Yasser Arafat in 1958 to work toward the creation of a Palestinian state; during the 1960s and 1970s trained terrorist and insurgent groups; "al-Fatah carried out numerous acts of international terrorism in western Europe and the Middle East in the 1970s"
Translations
إِرْهَابإرْهاب
terorismus
terrorisme
terrorismi
terorizam
terrorterrorizmus
hryîjuverkastarfsemi
テロリズム
테러 행위
terorizmus
terorizem
terrorism
ลัทธิก่อการร้าย
terörizmtedhişçilik
chủ nghĩa khủng bố

terrorism

[ˈterərɪzəm] Nterrorismo m

terrorism

[ˈtɛrərɪzəm]
nterrorisme m
modif [campaign, threat] → terroriste; [charges] → pour terrorisme; [expert] → en terrorisme

terrorism

nTerrorismus m; (= acts of terrorism)Terror m; an act of terrorismein Terrorakt m

terrorism

[ˈtɛrəˌrɪzm] nterrorismo

terror

(ˈterə) noun
1. very great fear. She screamed with/in terror; She has a terror of spiders.
2. something which makes one very afraid. The terrors of war.
3. a troublesome person, especially a child. That child is a real terror!
ˈterrorism noun
the actions or methods of terrorists. international terrorism.
ˈterrorist noun
a person who tries to frighten people or governments into doing what he/she wants by using or threatening violence. The plane was hijacked by terrorists; (also adjective) terrorist activities.
ˈterrorize, ˈterrorise verb
to make very frightened by using or threatening violence. A lion escaped from the zoo and terrorized the whole town.
ˌterroriˈzation, ˌterroriˈsation noun
ˈterror-stricken adjective
feeling very great fear. The children were terror-stricken.

terrorism

إِرْهَاب terorismus terrorisme Terrorismus τρομοκρατία terrorismo terrorismi terrorisme terorizam terrorismo テロリズム 테러 행위 terrorisme terrorisme terroryzm terrorismo терроризм terrorism ลัทธิก่อการร้าย terörizm chủ nghĩa khủng bố 恐怖主义
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Some who call themselves terrists, often claim to view themselves as part of Nature, simply acting to protect itself from human activity.