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terrorize

[ter-uh-rahyz]
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verb (used with object), ter·ror·ized, ter·ror·iz·ing.
  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.
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Also especially British, ter·ror·ise.

Origin of terrorize

First recorded in 1815–25; terror + -ize
Related formster·ror·i·za·tion, nounter·ror·iz·er, nounun·ter·ror·ized, adjective

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1, 2. See frighten.
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British Dictionary definitions for terrorising

terrorize

terrorise

verb (tr)
  1. to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
  2. to inspire with dread; terrify
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Derived Formsterrorization or terrorisation, nounterrorizer or terroriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for terrorising

terrorize

v.

"coerce or deter by terror," 1823, from terror + -ize (also cf. terrorism). Related: Terrorized; terrorizing.

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