terrorization

terrorize

[ter-uh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), terrorized, terrorizing.
1.
to fill or overcome with terror.
2.
to dominate or coerce by intimidation.
3.
to produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings.
Also, especially British, terrorise.


Origin:
1815–25; terror + -ize

terrorization, noun
terrorizer, noun
unterrorized, adjective


1, 2. See frighten.
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terrorize or terrorise (ˈtɛrəˌraɪz)
 
vb
1.  to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
2.  to inspire with dread; terrify
 
terrorise or terrorise
 
vb
 
terrori'zation or terrorise
 
n
 
terrori'sation or terrorise
 
n
 
'terrorizer or terrorise
 
n
 
'terroriser or terrorise
 
n

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terrorize
"coerce or deter by terror," 1823, from terror + -ize (also cf. terrorism).
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