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terrorize

Line breaks: ter¦ror|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛrərʌɪz
 
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(also terrorise)

Definition of terrorize in English:

verb

[with object]
Create and maintain a state of extreme fear and distress in (someone); fill with terror: he used his private army to terrorize the population the union said staff would not be terrorized into ending their strike
More example sentences
  • It's classic terrorism where you attack the general population to terrorize the people to achieve a political aim.
  • Extremists seek to terrorize innocent men, women and children, whoever they are and wherever they may live.
  • A witness to the robberies said the victims were terrorised by their attackers and were visibly shaking with fear.
Synonyms
strike terror in/into, fill with terror, scare, frighten, terrify, petrify;
persecute, victimize, torment, tyrannize;
British informal put the frighteners on, make it/things hot for someone
North American informal mau-mau

Derivatives

terrorization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • It is improbable that any terrorization of the civil population which can be achieved by air attack could compel the government of a nation to surrender.
  • The terrorization of her brother is over for another day.
  • They were friends, even though he annoyed her and Marian more than anything, but with the years, it changed from terrorization to teasing.

terrorizer

2
noun
Example sentences
  • For on the day that the fear of terrorism affects your actions and habits, the terrorizers have already won.
  • Terror is a weapon, and if you're unduly scared, then the terrorizers have achieved at least one of their goals.
  • Some of these kids are neighborhood terrorizers, but many are really great riders, going to tracks on weekends with mom and dad, a tent, and having a blast and getting tons of saddle time.

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