Definition of Terrorism

1. 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.

Exact synonyms: Act Of Terrorism, Terrorist Act
Generic synonyms: Terror
Specialized synonyms: Biological Terrorism, Bioterrorism, Chemical Terrorism, Cyber-terrorism, Cyberwar, Domestic Terrorism, Eco-warfare, Ecological Terrorism, Ecological Warfare, Ecoterrorism, International Terrorism, Narcoterrorism, Nuclear Terrorism, State-sponsored Terrorism, Theoterrorism, Terrorist Attack
Examples of category: Biological Terrorism, Bioterrorism, Chemical Terrorism, Cyber-terrorism, Cyberwar, Domestic Terrorism, Eco-warfare, Ecological Terrorism, Ecological Warfare, Ecoterrorism, International Terrorism, Narcoterrorism, Nuclear Terrorism, State-sponsored Terrorism, Theoterrorism, Terrorisation, Terrorization, Bombing, Dirty War, Counterintelligence, Ring Containment, Frightening, Terrorisation, Terrorization, Stash House, Uss Cole, Twin Towers, World Trade Center, Wtc, Counterterrorism, Biometric Authentication, Biometric Identification, Identity Verification, Automatic Face Recognition, Face Recognition, Facial Recognition, Facial Profiling, Abu Hafs Al-masri Brigades, Abu Sayyaf, Bearer Of The Sword, Aksa Martyrs Brigades, Al-aksa Martyrs Brigades, Martyrs Of Al-aqsa, Abb, Alex Boncayao Brigade, Revolutionary Proletarian Army, Rpa-abb, Al-asifa, Al-fatah, Fatah, Al-gama'a Al-islamiyya, Islamic Group, Aiai, Al Itihaad Al Islamiya, Al-itihaad Al-islamiya, Islamic Unity, Al-jihad, Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Islamic Jihad, Vanguards Of Conquest, Al-ma'unah, Al-muhajiroun, Al Nathir, Al-qa'ida, Al-qaeda, Al-qaida, Base, Qaeda, Al-rashid Trust, Al Sunna Wal Jamma, Followers Of The Phrophet, Al Tawhid, Al-tawhid, Divine Unity, Al-ummah, Ansar Al Islam, Ansar Al-islam, Supporters Of Islam, Armata Corsa, Corsican Army, Armed Islamic Group, Gia, 3rd October Organization, Armenian Secret Army For The Liberation Of Armenia, Asala, Orly Group, Alir, Army For The Liberation Of Rwanda, Far, Former Armed Forces, Interahamwe, Asbat Al-ansar, Band Of Partisans, Aum, Aum Shinrikyo, Supreme Truth, Baader Meinhof Gang, Baader-meinhof Gang, Basque Fatherland And Liberty, Basque Homeland And Freedom, Eta, Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, Black September Movement, Chukaku-ha, Cira, Continuity Army Council, Continuity Irish Republican Army, Democratic Front For The Liberation Of Palestine, Dflp, Pdflp, Popular Democratic Front For The Liberation Of Palestine, East Turkestan Islamic Movement, East Turkistan Islamic Movement, Abu Nidal Organization, Ano, Arab Revolutionary Brigades, Black September, Fatah Revolutionary Council, Fatah-rc, Revolutionary Organization Of Socialist Muslims, Fatah Tanzim, Tanzim, First Of October Antifascist Resistance Group, Grapo, Force 17, Forces Of Umar Al-mukhtar, Umar Al-mukhtar Forces, Hamas, Islamic Resistance Movement, Harakat Ul-jihad-i-islami, Harkat-ul-jihad-e-islami, Huji, Al Faran, Harkat Ul-ansar, Harkat Ul-mujahedeen, Harkat-ul-mujahidin, Hua, Hum, Movement Of Holy Warriors, Hezbollah, Hizballah, Hizbollah, Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad, Islamic Jihad For The Liberation Of Palestine, Lebanese Hizballah, Organization Of The Oppressed On Earth, Party Of God, Revolutionary Justice Organization, Freedom Party, Hizb Ut-tahrir, International Islamic Front For Jihad Against Jews And Crusaders, Catholic Reaction Force, Inla, Irish National Liberation Army, People's Liberation Army, People's Republican Army, Ira, Irish Republican Army, Provisional Ira, Provisional Irish Republican Army, Provos, Aden-abyan Islamic Army, Iaa, Islamic Army Of Aden, Islamic Army Of Aden-abyan, Ibda-c, Islamic Great Eastern Raiders-front, Imu, Islamic Group Of Uzbekistan, Islamic Party Of Turkestan, Army Of Muhammad, Jaish-e-muhammad, Jaish-i-mohammed, Jem, Fuqra, Jamaat Ul-fuqra, Tanzimul Fuqra, Anti-imperialist International Brigade, Japanese Red Army, Jra, Jayshullah, Islamic Community, Islamic Group, Jemaah Islamiyah, Ji, Malaysia Militant Group, Malaysian Mujahidin Group, Jerusalem Warriors, Jund-ul-islam, Soldiers Of God, Kach, Kahane Chai, Association Of Islamic Groups And Communities, Caliphate State, Kaplan Group, Communist Party Of Kampuchea, Khmer Rouge, Kr, Party Of Democratic Kampuchea, Kkk, Klan, Ku Klux Klan, Klavern, Kurdistan Labor Pary, Kurdistan Workers Party, Partiya Karkeran Kurdistan, Ppk, Lashkar-e-jhangvi, Al Qanoon, Lashkar-e-omar, Army Of The Pure, Army Of The Righteous, Lashkar-e-taiba, Lashkar-e-tayyiba, Lashkar-e-toiba, Let, Holy War Warriors, Laskar Jihad, Lautaro Faction Of The United Popular Action Movement, Lautaro Popular Rebel Forces, Lautaro Youth Movement, Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam, Ltte, Tamil Tigers, Tigers, World Tamil Association, World Tamil Movement, Al-jama'a Al-islamiyyah Al-muqatilah Bi-libya, Fig, Libyan Fighting Group, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Libyan Islamic Group, Lord's Resistance Army, Loyalist Volunteer Force, Mak, Maktab Al-khidmat, Manuel Rodriquez Patriotic Front, Moranzanist Patriotic Front, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Mujahedeen Kompak, Mek, Mko, Mujahidin-e Khalq Organization, People's Mujahidin Of Iran, Cnpz, Eln, National Liberation Army, Nestor Paz Zamora Commission, Eln, National Liberation Army, Flnc, National Liberation Front Of Corsica, New People's Army, Npa, Orange Group, Ov, Harakat Al-jihad Al-islami Al-filastini, Palestine Islamic Jihad, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Pij, Jabat Al-tahrir Al-filistiniyyah, Palestine Liberation Front, Plf, Palestinian Hizballah, Pentagon Gang, Pflp, Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine, Pflp-gc, Popular Front For The Liberation Of Palestine-general Command, Popular Struggle Front, Psf, 15 May Organization, Pagad, People Against Gangsterism And Drugs, Puka Inti, Red Sun, Sol Rojo, Iz Al-din Al-qassam Battalions, Qassam Brigades, Salah Al-din Battalions, Qibla, Dissident Irish Republican Army, Real Ira, Real Irish Republican Army, Rira, Raf, Red Army Faction, Br, Brigate Rosse, Red Brigades, Farc, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios De Colombia, Revolutionary Armed Forces Of Colombia, 17 November, Revolutionary Organization 17 November, Revolutionary People's Liberation Front, Revolutionary People's Liberation Party, Ela, Revolutionary People's Struggle, Nipr, Revolutionary Proletarian Initiative Nuclei, Revolutionary Proletarian Nucleus, Revolutionary United Front, Ruf, Gspc, Salafast Group For Call And Combat, Salafist Group, Sendero Luminoso, Shining Path, Sl, Sipah-e-sahaba, Movement For Revenge, Tareekh E Kasas, Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Anaru, Mrta, Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement, Egtk, Tupac Katari Guerrilla Army, Turkish Hizballah, Uda, Ulster Defence Association, Auc, Autodefensas Unidas De Colombia, United Self-defense Force Of Colombia, United Self-defense Group Of Colombia, Umma Tameer-e-nau, Utn, Counterterrorist Center, Ctc, Mujahadeen, Mujahadein, Mujahadin, Mujahedeen, Mujahedin, Mujahideen, Mujahidin, Gestapo, Nest, Maffia, Mafia, Sicilian Mafia, Black Hand, Radical Cell, Terrorist Cell, Foreign Terrorist Organization, Fto, Terrorist Group, Terrorist Organization, Hawala, Dhahran, Air Marshal, Sky Marshal, Cyber-terrorist, Cyberpunk, Hacker, Sleeper, Suicide Bomber, Terrorist, Jafar, Jafar Umar Thalib, Jaffar, Jaffar Umar Thalib, Andres Martinez, Carlos, Carlos The Jackal, Glen Gebhard, Hector Hevodidbon, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, Ilich Sanchez, Michael Assat, Salim, Sanchez, Taurus, Reign Of Terror, 9-11, 9/11, Sep 11, Sept. 11, September 11
Specialized synonyms: Red Hand Defenders, Rhd
Derivative terms: Terrorist

Definition of Terrorism

1. n. The act of terrorizing, or state of being terrorized; a mode of government by terror or intimidation.

Definition of Terrorism

1. Noun. The deliberate commission of an act of violence to create an emotional response through the suffering of the victims in the furtherance of a political or social agenda. ¹

2. Noun. Violence against civilians to achieve military or political objectives. ¹

3. Noun. A psychological strategy of war for gaining political or religious ends by deliberately creating a climate of fear among the population of a state. ¹

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Definition of Terrorism

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Terrorism

terror bird
terrorism (current term)
terrorist act
terrorist attack
terrorist cell
terrorist fist jab
terrorist fist jabs
terrorist group
terrorist organization

Literary usage of Terrorism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sensor Systems for Biological Agent Attacks: Protecting Buildings And Bmed, National Research Council (U.S.), ebrary, Inc by Bmed, National Research Council (U.S.), ebrary, Inc (2005)
" To help achieve such a capability, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) asked the National Research Council (NRC) to assess the development path for '..."

2. Terroristic Threats to the U.S: Hearing Before the Committee on Armed edited by Jim Saxton (2000)
"Having met in closed session this morning, this Oversight Panel on terrorism convenes this afternoon for our first ever open session, and this hearing, ..."

3. The Culture of Violence by Kumar Rupesinghe (1994)
"2 Sources and functions of state terrorism: Theoretical perspectives The significance and scholarly salience of state terrorism The search for theoretical ..."

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