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[ ter-er-ist ]


  1. a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
  2. a person who terrorizes or frightens others.
  3. (formerly) a member of a political group in Russia aiming at the demoralization of the government by terror.
  4. an agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of terrorism or terrorists:

    terrorist tactics.


/ ˈtɛrərɪst /


    1. a person who employs terror or terrorism, esp as a political weapon
    2. ( as modifier )

      terrorist tactics

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Derived Forms

  • ˌterrorˈistic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • terror·istic adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of terrorist1

First recorded in 1785–95; terror + -ist; compare French terroriste

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Example Sentences

The Pentagon was among the company’s earliest clients, helping soldiers and contractors conduct risk-assessments in occupied parts of the world to determine who is and isn’t a terrorist worthy of being blown up by drone.

The domestic terrorists represented by that flag have burned down our cities with the mission of defunding our police.

Right-wing attacks and plots accounted for the majority of all terrorist incidents in the country between 1994 and 2020, according to a study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Everyone thinks I’m a terrorist because I was at that event.

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There is, obviously, the FBI, which has collected images and is seeking the public’s help in identifying domestic terrorists.

Terrorist groups could certainly use those weapons in an attempt to shoot down an airliner.

Terrorist bombings are out of the question -- contrary to our rule of keeping your hands to yourself.

They left a week ago, after the Ukrainian Army began the latest and fiercest episode of its “Anti-Terrorist Operation.”

By now, the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) had managed to intercept the phone conversations between the fidayeen and their handlers.

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?

The other was that Danton, the great original Terrorist leader had perished on the scaffold as far back as April.

The Terrorist had a vague fear that the Citizen-Deputy would speak to the mob.

Again the officer bowed, wondering how on earth the Terrorist could have come by such accurate information.

"On the authority given me by the power to enforce an answer, sir," returned the Terrorist quietly.

As soon as the aerostats rose into the air, the Terrorist fleet receded northward and southward from the batteries.