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domestic terrorism

[ duh-mes tik ter uh-riz uhm ]
/ dəˈmɛs tɪk ˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm /
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noun

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.

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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
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