- to fill or overcome with terror.
- to dominate or coerce by intimidation.
- to produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings.
Also especially British, ter·ror·ise.
Origin of terrorize
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1, 2. See frighten.
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- to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
- to inspire with dread; terrify
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Word Origin and History for terrorize
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