One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.‘the fight against terrorism’‘international 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.’
- ‘My government will put terrorism at the top of its agenda in the forthcoming parliament.’
- ‘The Prime Minister has declared war on this terrorism and has vowed to defeat it utterly.’
- ‘From time to time the death penalty was exacted for murder, espionage and terrorism.’
- ‘Experts say that the public is getting a mixed message from the government on terrorism.’
- ‘Acts of terrorism do not advance the cause of working class people and the poor.’
- ‘A site where an act of terrorism has taken place should be treated like a crime scene.’
- ‘We cannot condone terrorism, but the way to end it is not through a vicious spiral of violence.’
- ‘In the past few days, the aims of the global war on terrorism have become clear.’
- ‘To get closer to a definition of terrorism we need to unpick its political logic.’
- ‘The war against terrorism was never limited to a single country, or to a single strategy.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They are suspected of engaging in credit card fraud to raise money for terrorism.’
- ‘There is a lot of back and forth over whether or not animal rights terrorism is really terrorism.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Senior politicians were quick to say the explosion was not connected to terrorism.’
- ‘Time magazine spoke of the need to tackle global poverty as a root of terrorism.’
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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