terrorize

[ ter-uh-rahyz ]
/ ˈtɛr əˌraɪz /

verb (used with object), ter·ror·ized, ter·ror·iz·ing.

to fill or overcome with terror.
to dominate or coerce by intimidation.
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

synonym study for terrorize

1, 2. See frighten.

OTHER WORDS FROM terrorize

ter·ror·i·za·tion, nounter·ror·iz·er, nounun·ter·ror·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for terrorize

terrorize

terrorise

/ (ˈtɛrəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
to inspire with dread; terrify

Derived forms of terrorize

terrorization or terrorisation, nounterrorizer or terroriser, noun
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