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 (ē′kō-tĕr′ə-rĭz′əm, ĕk′ō-)
Terrorism or sabotage committed in the name of environmental causes.

e′co·ter′ror·ist adj. & n.


1. (Environmental Science) terrorism aimed at preventing environmental destruction and hence usually targeting major polluters
2. (Law) terrorism aimed at preventing environmental destruction and hence usually targeting major polluters
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Noun1.ecoterrorism - violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
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
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Mira Grant's novel Feed (42) is the first volume in a series following life in a postapocalyptic America where a third of the population has succumbed to the Kellis-Amberlee virus; zombies are a result of an ecoterrorism act that "released a half-tested 'cure for the common cold' into the atmosphere." The novel's dormant pathogen is based on Toxoplasma gondii, a pathogen that would not wipe out the entire susceptible population.
DOD also conducts campaign activities to build institutional capacity of foreign forces against ecoterrorism (commonly known as environmental terrorism).
The mythology surrounding ecoterrorism makes it hard to pin down how much of it actually happens.
Yet Okja's an almost-family-film that, ultimately, talks about industrialised agribusiness, the peddling of genetically modified organisms, and ecoterrorism, while also taking terrifying trips into the forced insemination and mass slaughter of factory animals.
They're extremists wielding ecoterrorism as their choice of weaponry when people don't agree with their green opinions--the dangers of GMO, in particular.
Last year, a 14-year-old was pulled out of class for questioning at his school in London, following his use of the term 'ecoterrorism' during a discussion on the environment in a French class.
Prime Minister John Key and Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy both publicly described the threat as 'ecoterrorism', and a senior Primary Industries official stated that the threat was 'designed to cause fear in order to generate a domestic policy outcome'--a description that many would accept as terrorism.
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In a sense, this ecoterrorism can be seen as the liberal equivalent of anti-abortion violence, having arisen during the same time period and utilizing analogous rhetoric.
(149) Ecoterrorism rose to prominence in the 1990s, gaining substantial notoriety in the wake of several high-profile acts of terrorism carried out in the name of the cause.
(2.) Robert Locke, "Ecoterrorism and Us," Front Page Magazine, November 15, 2001,,aspx?ARLID=24198.