stochastic terrorism

[ stuh-kas-tik ter-uh-riz-uh m ]
/ stəˈkæs tɪk ˈtɛr əˌrɪz əm /


the public demonization of a person or group resulting in the incitement of a violent act, which is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted: The lone-wolf attack was apparently influenced by the rhetoric of stochastic terrorism.

Nearby words

  1. stob,
  2. stoccado,
  3. stoccata,
  4. stochastic,
  5. stochastic matrix,
  6. stochastic variable,
  7. stock,
  8. stock and station agent,
  9. stock boy,
  10. stock buyback

Origin of stochastic terrorism

First recorded in 2010–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019