terrorism

  • 1 terrorism — ter·ror·ism / ter ər ˌi zəm/ n 1: the unlawful use or threat of violence esp. against the state or the public as a politically motivated means of attack or coercion 2: violent and intimidating gang activity street terrorism ter·ror·ist / ist/ adj …

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  • 2 terrorism — 1795, in specific sense of government intimidation during the Reign of Terror in France (1793 July 1794), from Fr. terrorisme (1798), from L. terror (see TERROR (Cf. terror)). If the basis of a popular government in peacetime is virtue, its basis …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 Terrorism — Ter ror*ism, n. [Cf. F. terrorisme.] 1. The act of terrorizing, or state of being terrorized; a mode of government by terror or intimidation. Jefferson. [1913 Webster] 2. The practise of coercing governments to accede to political demands by… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 terrorism — [ter′ər iz΄əm] n. [Fr terrorisme] 1. the act of terrorizing; use of force or threats to demoralize, intimidate, and subjugate, esp. such use as a political weapon or policy 2. the demoralization and intimidation produced in this way terrorist n …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Terrorism — Terrorist redirects here. For other uses, see Terrorist (disambiguation) …

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  • 6 terrorism — /ter euh riz euhm/, n. 1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes. 2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. 3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a… …

    Universalium

  • 7 terrorism —    by Rex Butler   Baudrillard s response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001, The Spirit of Terrorism , was published in Le Monde on 2 November. In his article, Baudrillard urges us not to rush to conclusions …

    The Baudrillard dictionary

  • 8 terrorism — noun 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 • Syn: ↑act of… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 9 terrorism —    Apart from small, professedly left wing groups like FRAP and GRAPO, the main terrorist organization in Spain since the late 1960s is ETA, which has been responsible for by far the largest number of deaths and injuries. The peak of ETA activity …

    Encyclopedia of contemporary Spanish culture

  • 10 terrorism — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ urban ▪ global, international, transnational (esp. AmE) ▪ cross border ▪ state, state sponsored …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 Terrorism —    One of the more important factors shaping political life in Israel has been the ever present threat of terrorism. The prestate Yishuv was confronted with extended periods of violence perpetrated by elements of the local Arab community in… …

    Historical Dictionary of Israel

  • 12 Terrorism —    A distinct organized practice considered to have emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century in which the systematic use of fear or terror is used as a means of coercion against a people or government. The term was introduced through… …

    Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • 13 terrorism — n. 1) indiscriminate; state; urban terrorism 2) an act of terrorism 3) see terror1 * * * state urban terrorism an act of terrorism indiscriminate see terror 1 …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 terrorism —    The use of premeditated violence. It employs methods such as bombing, hijacking, kidnapping, murder and torture to spread fear and horror in the service of political ends. Those who practise it tend to see themselves as freedom fighters for a… …

    Glossary of UK Government and Politics

  • 15 terrorism — ter|ror|is|m [ˈterərızəm] n [U] the use of violence such as bombing, shooting, or ↑kidnapping to obtain political demands such as making a government do something ▪ The government is doing everything possible to combat terrorism . ▪ a despicable… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 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… …

    Military dictionary

  • 17 terrorism — ter|ror|ism [ terə,rızəm ] noun uncount * the use of violence to achieve political aims: They were charged with conspiring to commit acts of terrorism …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 terrorism — [[t]te̱rərɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Terrorism is the use of violence, especially murder and bombing, in order to achieve political aims or to force a government to do something …

    English dictionary

  • 19 terrorism — noun (U) the use of violence such as bombing, shooting or kidnapping to obtain political demands: The government is determined to combat international terrorism …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 terrorism */ — UK [ˈterəˌrɪz(ə)m] / US [ˈterəˌrɪzəm] noun [uncountable] the use of violence to achieve political aims They were charged with conspiring to commit acts of terrorism …

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