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terrorist

[ ter-er-ist ]
/ ˈtɛr ər ɪst /
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noun

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.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of terrorism or terrorists: terrorist tactics.

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Origin of terrorist

1785–95; terror + -ist; compare French terroriste

OTHER WORDS FROM terrorist

ter·ror·is·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for terrorist

terrorist
/ (ˈtɛrərɪst) /

noun

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

Derived forms of terrorist

terroristic, adjective
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