- a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
- a person who terrorizes or frightens others.
- (formerly) a member of a political group in Russia aiming at the demoralization of the government by terror.
- an agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of terrorism or terrorists: terrorist tactics.
Origin of terrorist
Examples from the Web for terrorist
Terrorist groups could certainly use those weapons in an attempt to shoot down an airliner.MH17 Was Awful, but It’s Probably Unique
July 21, 2014
Terrorist bombings are out of the question -- contrary to our rule of keeping your hands to yourself.Up To A Point: My Problem With People Who Agree With Me
P. J. O’Rourke
July 20, 2014
This is the central event in Harris-Gershon's memoir, What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?Seeking Reconciliation with a Terrorist: A Jewish Journey
September 11, 2013
Screw the Terrorist Financing Tracking Program and other post 9/11 attempts to disrupt the flow of money to the bad guys.The Government’s Perilous Bitcoin Chase
July 25, 2013
One way is to look at precisely why dissidents within the Bush administration opposed the Terrorist Surveillance Program.How Obama Embraced NSA Spying
June 7, 2013
Surely it must be one of the Terrorist fleet, for there were no others in existence.
For all answer the Terrorist levelled his pistol at his head and fired.
It was there agreed in principle to confirm the decision of the Terrorist Narodovoltsi.Russia
Donald Mackenzie Wallace
Terrorist acts could bring nothing but a bloody suppression.Bolshevism
A vigorous counter-attack was carried out by the Terrorist Victor Hugues with ability and ferocity.
- a person who employs terror or terrorism, esp as a political weapon
- (as modifier)terrorist tactics
Word Origin and History for terrorist
in the modern sense, 1944, especially in reference to Jewish tactics against the British in Palestine -- earlier it was used of extremist revolutionaries in Russia (1866); and Jacobins during the French Revolution (1795) -- from French terroriste; see terror + -ist (also cf. terrorism). The tendency of one party's terrorist to be another's guerilla or freedom fighter was noted in reference to the British action in Cyprus (1956) and the war in Rhodesia (1973). The word terrorist has been applied, at least retroactively, to the Maquis resistance in occupied France in World War II (e.g. in the "Spectator," Oct. 20, 1979).