Definition of ecoterrorism in US English:



  • 1Violence carried out to further environmentalist ends.

    ‘continued ecoterrorism directed toward people and private property is a fact of life’
    • ‘On March 22, 2002, the Center for Consumer Freedom sent a long letter to the House subcommittee investigating ecoterrorism.’
    • ‘I am stating that there is no difference between ecoterrorism and animal rights terrorism.’
    • ‘The bill would make ecoterrorism and animal rights terrorism punishable by up to 10 years in jail.’
    • ‘Having spent the past decade fighting ecoterrorism, Barry's fight for justice is widening.’
    • ‘Compared to such violent acts, is ecoterrorism really terrorism?’
    • ‘Immediately, the label of ecoterrorism appeared in news stories describing the actions of the Earth Liberation Front.’
    • ‘The FBI is telling 10 cities to be on alert for possibly ecoterrorism today.’
    • ‘The FBI considers ecoterrorism and animal terrorism the country's leading domestic terror threats.’
    • ‘Claims of ecoterrorism have reared their ugly head again in Tasmania.’
    • ‘Yet, as we will hear, ecoterrorism only encourages fear and anger.’
    • ‘The bill also increases the possible penalties for ecoterrorism, with those convicted of first degree felonies facing a prison term of up to 40 years and a fine of up to $100,000.’
    • ‘A quick Google search of ‘Sierra Club ecoterrorism’ produces plenty of pages showing the Sierra Club's consistent denunciation of ecoterrorism.’
    • ‘Last January, the FBI held a symposium in California on ecoterrorism.’
    • ‘In his gripping and entertaining investigation, the journalist turns Vail inside out to get the real story behind the costliest act of ecoterrorism in U.S. history.’
    • ‘In Maryland, more than 100 FBI investigators are searching for clues in a suspected case of ecoterrorism.’
    • ‘He said the legislation which he introduced last week is necessary because fear of ecoterrorism is palpable in the research community.’
    1. 1.1 The action of causing deliberate environmental damage in order to further political ends.
      ‘ecoterrorism on a vast scale is his version of a nuclear weapon’