Meaning of terrorism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɛrərɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

    ‘the fight against terrorism’
    • ‘international terrorism’
    • ‘The focus was largely on the beliefs of those who perpetrated the acts of terrorism.’
    • ‘We have been putting large sums into a military and political response to the new terrorism.’
    • ‘To get closer to a definition of terrorism we need to unpick its political logic.’
    • ‘From time to time the death penalty was exacted for murder, espionage and terrorism.’
    • ‘They are suspected of engaging in credit card fraud to raise money for terrorism.’
    • ‘A site where an act of terrorism has taken place should be treated like a crime scene.’
    • ‘We were all united in our grief, and in our determination to defeat this wicked terrorism.’
    • ‘At a time like this, it is fair to ask if identity cards would have any effect in deterring terrorism.’
    • ‘In the past few days, the aims of the global war on terrorism have become clear.’
    • ‘Senior politicians were quick to say the explosion was not connected to terrorism.’
    • ‘Experts say that the public is getting a mixed message from the government on terrorism.’
    • ‘Time magazine spoke of the need to tackle global poverty as a root of terrorism.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister has declared war on this terrorism and has vowed to defeat it utterly.’
    • ‘Now we are told immediately by world leaders that this was most assuredly an act of terrorism.’
    • ‘We need to ensure all terrorism is stamped out for the safety of society itself.’
    • ‘Acts of terrorism do not advance the cause of working class people and the poor.’
    • ‘The war against terrorism was never limited to a single country, or to a single strategy.’
    • ‘My government will put terrorism at the top of its agenda in the forthcoming parliament.’
    • ‘We cannot condone terrorism, but the way to end it is not through a vicious spiral of violence.’


Late 18th century (in reference to the rule of the Jacobin faction during the period of the French Revolution known as the Terror): from French terrorisme, from Latin terror (see terror)..