domestic terrorism

[ duh-mes-tik ter-uh-riz-uhm ]

  1. the unlawful use of violence or threats against a country’s civilian population or government by an individual or group based and operating within the same country and without foreign direction, with the goal of furthering political, social, or ideological objectives.

Origin of domestic terrorism

First recorded in 1975–80

usage note For domestic terrorism

See terrorism.

Other words from domestic terrorism

  • do·mes·tic ter·ror·ist, noun

Words Nearby domestic terrorism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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