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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’
- ‘Senior politicians were quick to say the explosion was not connected to terrorism.’
- ‘They are suspected of engaging in credit card fraud to raise money for terrorism.’
- ‘To get closer to a definition of terrorism we need to unpick its political logic.’
- ‘The Prime Minister has declared war on this terrorism and has vowed to defeat it utterly.’
- ‘Time magazine spoke of the need to tackle global poverty as a root of terrorism.’
- ‘Experts say that the public is getting a mixed message from the government on terrorism.’
- ‘We cannot condone terrorism, but the way to end it is not through a vicious spiral of violence.’
- ‘My government will put terrorism at the top of its agenda in the forthcoming parliament.’
- ‘A site where an act of terrorism has taken place should be treated like a crime scene.’
- ‘There is a lot of back and forth over whether or not animal rights terrorism is really terrorism.’
- ‘We were all united in our grief, and in our determination to defeat this wicked 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.’
- ‘We have been putting large sums into a military and political response to the new terrorism.’
- ‘Now we are told immediately by world leaders that this was most assuredly an act of terrorism.’
- ‘From time to time the death penalty was exacted for murder, espionage and terrorism.’
- ‘At a time like this, it is fair to ask if identity cards would have any effect in deterring terrorism.’
- ‘The focus was largely on the beliefs of those who perpetrated the acts of terrorism.’
- ‘In the past few days, the aims of the global war on terrorism have become clear.’
Late 18th century (in reference to the rule of the Jacobin faction during the the period of the French Revolution known as the Terror): from French terrorisme, from Latin terror (see terror)..
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