counterterrorism

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counterterrorism

(ˌkaʊntəˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm)
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) activities that are intended to prevent terrorist acts or to eradicate terrorist groups
ˌcounterˈterrorist adj

counterterrorism

Operations that include the offensive measures taken to prevent, deter, preempt, and respond to terrorism. Also called CT. See also antiterrorism; combating terrorism; terrorism.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterterrorism - a strategy intended to prevent or counter terrorism
act of terrorism, terrorism, 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 nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
scheme, strategy - an elaborate and systematic plan of action
Translations
contreterrorisme
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We are no terrorists rather than counterterrorists, Raad exclaimed.
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Moreover, the infiltration of terrorist groups by intelligence agents and the "turning" of terrorists into government informants further blurs the distinction between terrorists and counterterrorists.