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terrorist

Line breaks: ter¦ror|ist
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛrərɪst
 
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Definition of terrorist in English:

noun

A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims: [as modifier]: a terrorist organization
More example sentences
  • Finally, the last man is an international terrorist on his way to the airport to hijack a plane.
  • So did you know that terrorists need places to live, a plan, money and equipment?
  • I believe what they mean is that they are fighting terrorists and leaving them no safe haven.
Synonyms
bomber, arsonist, incendiary;
gunman, assassin, desperado;
rare insurrectionist, insurrectionary

Origin

late 18th century: from French terroriste, from Latin terror (see terror). The word was originally applied to supporters of the Jacobins in the French Revolution, who advocated repression and violence in pursuit of the principles of democracy and equality.

Derivatives

terroristic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈrɪstɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Dostoyevsky's novel is a dark chronicle of the psychology that energized their terroristic brand of nihilism.
  • You have to remember in the last two-and-a-half years we've arrested probably over 700 people related to terroristic activity, suspected terrorists.
  • It was not difficult for the local population to differentiate between these constructive efforts and the often brutal, terroristic actions of insurgent forces.

terroristically

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈrɪstɪk(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Combat against terroristically asymmetric foes is likely to be about as far removed from the ‘clean’ conditions of, say, war at sea or in the desert (where there are no civilians) as can be imagined.
  • However, my question is, if you were terroristically inclined, didn't they just give you a perfect idea for mall bomb placement?
  • ‘Wouldn't those clear plastic bags be the ideal place to hide a bomb in plain view, if one were terroristically inclined?’

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