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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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Luke Bracey, in Keanu's part, plays a trainee FBI agent sent to infiltrate a gang of ecoterrorists, headed by Edgar Ramirez, standing in for Swayze.
A good example arose in March 2014 when New Zealand officials revealed that ecoterrorists had threatened to contaminate infant formula from New Zealand with a rodenticide known as compound 1080.
148) The actions of ecoterrorists seek to coerce enactment of specific policies or actions related to environmental protection through acts of violence and intimidation.
25 and 64) An oil-pipeline explosion in Backstrom's childhood hometown looks to be the work of ecoterrorists, and brings back his estranged father, Sheriff Blue Backstrom, to assist in the investigation.
The one thing Naomi and Frankie have in common, besides their mutual friend Dora, is that they are both being hunted and their only escape is threatened by a band of ecoterrorists.
Unfortunately there are ecoterrorists who object to the power such a park requires--and when one of them is killed trying to chain-saw power lines, the other is indicted for murder when he guns down a cop trying to stop his flight.
As highlighted elsewhere in this report, many animal rights extremists and ecoterrorists claim to avoid violent acts that directly target people.
Ecoterrorists target dams because they are large projects that symbolize man's arrogance and greed by dramatically altering "nature's course" to fulfill his selfish needs.