What does terrorism mean?

Definitions for terrorism
ˈtɛr əˌrɪz əmter·ror·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. terrorism, act of terrorism, terrorist actnoun

    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


  1. terrorismnoun

    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.

  2. terrorismnoun

    Violence against civilians to achieve military or political objectives.

  3. terrorismnoun

    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. terrorism

    Terrorism is the systematic use of violence, threats, or intimidation to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives. It typically involves acts that are calculated to create an atmosphere of extreme fear or terror, often targeting innocent civilians indiscriminately. Terrorism can be committed by individuals, groups, or state-sponsored entities. It may include, but is not limited to, bombings, assassinations, hostage-taking, and cyber-attacks. The acts are generally intended to draw attention to a cause, force a change in policy, destabilize governments, or instigate conflict.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terrorismnoun

    the act of terrorizing, or state of being terrorized; a mode of government by terror or intimidation

  2. Terrorismnoun

    the practise of coercing governments to accede to political demands by committing violence on civilian targets; any similar use of violence to achieve goals


  1. Terrorism

    Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, often violent, especially as a means of coercion. In the international community, however, terrorism has no legally binding, criminal law definition. Common definitions of terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear; are perpetrated for a religious, political, or ideological goal; and deliberately target or disregard the safety of non-combatants. Some definitions now include acts of unlawful violence and war. The use of similar tactics by criminal organizations for protection rackets or to enforce a code of silence is usually not labeled terrorism, though these same actions may be labeled terrorism when done by a politically motivated group. The writer Heinrich Böll and scholars Raj Desai and Harry Eckstein have suggested that attempts to protect against terrorism may lead to a kind of social oppression. The word "terrorism" is politically and emotionally charged, and this greatly compounds the difficulty of providing a precise definition. Studies have found over 100 definitions of “terrorism”. The concept of terrorism may be controversial as it is often used by state authorities to delegitimize political or other opponents, and potentially legitimize the state's own use of armed force against opponents.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Terrorism

    The use or threatened use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of criminal laws for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom, in support of political or social objectives.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. 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 antiterrorism; combating terrorism; counterterrorism; force protection condition; terrorist; terrorist group.

Editors Contribution

  1. Terrorism

    It is the kind of violent action putting the citizens at life risk, endangering state infrastructure or hijackings and facilitating or financing terrorist organizations to achieve political goals or forcing ulterior motives.

    Submitted by Baloch on April 4, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrorism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terrorism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of terrorism in a Sentence

  1. Donald Rumsfeld, Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, October 10, 2003:

    Like President Reagan, President Bush has not shied from calling evil by its name or declaring his intention to defeat its latest incarnation, terrorism, just as free men and women of all political persuasions, here and abroad, defeated fascism and communism before.

  2. Michael McGarrity:

    We're highlighting that there is a domestic terrorism threat that is persistent, we don't differentiate between a domestic terrorism attack we're trying to stop or an international terrorism attack. It's a terrorism attack we're looking to stop.

  3. George Carlin, You Are All Diseased:

    You have to be realistic about terrorism. Certain groups of people, certain groups, Muslim fundamentalists, Christian fundamentalists, Jewish fundamentalists, and just plain guys from Montanta, are going to continue to make life in this country very interesting for a long, long time.

  4. Ganga Sagar Pant:

    Terrorism is just the product, root cause of the terrorism is the exclusive education in some faiths and the Arms production in some countries.

  5. Public Minister Gilad Erdan:

    We don't distinguish between Jewish terrorism and Arab terrorism, but the truth needs to be told: there is Jewish terrorism but in terms of size and numbers it is not at the same extent.

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