terrorist act


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to terrorist act: POTA
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terrorist act - 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 natureterrorist act - 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"
References in periodicals archive ?
Beknazarov does not think the terrorist act could be organized by special services, since they are tasked to provide security, he said.
He added that the terrorist act in the Southern Suburb offers direct service to the Israeli enemy and the states which put themselves at their disposal.
The Ambassador stressed the terrorist acts are totally rejected and condemned worldwide, and the terrorist act that targeted on duty security men aimed at disrupting security and stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and threatening the people's unity and the rule of the law.
Special remission for 45 days has been allowed to all other convicts except the condemned prisoners and also except those convicted of murder, espionage, subversion, anti-state activities, terrorist act, Zina, kidnapping/ abduction, robbery, dacoity and those undergoing sentences under the Foreigners Act 1946.
What should a senior manager do if his or her company is involved in a crisis -- a terrorist act, death threat, lapse in security or even a natural disaster?
He boasted that the Kuwaiti people are vigilant against this mean conspiracy, adding that such a terrorist act has united, not split, the Kuwaiti people.
DAMASCUS, (SANA)- Foreign and Expatriates Ministry on Friday stressed that the terrorist act which targeted scholar Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti bears the hallmarks of al-Qaeda and its allies.
As per a directive issued here by Ministry of Interior, remission was also granted to juvenile convicts (under 18 years of age) who have served 33 per cent of their substantive sentence except those involved in culpable homicide, terrorist act, as defined in the Anti Terrorism (Second Amendment) Ordinance, 1999, zina, robbery, dacoity, kidnapping, abduction and anti-state activities.
The criminal case was launched against them on plotted terrorist act charges.
The special remission for 45 days granted to all other convicts except the condemned prisoners and also except those convicted of murder, espionage, subversion, anti-state activities, terrorist act, adultery, kidnapping/abduction, robbery, dacoity and those undergoing sentences under the Foreigners Act 1946.
This terrorist act came as a revenge against the people of al-Salamiya who expressed their rejection of terrorism and determination to preserve the security of their city and properties and the lives of their sons," the Ministry's letters said.
QUETTA -- Various religious and political parties as well as other personalities have strongly condemned the terrorist act of the bomb blast in the Jamia Farooqia the other day.