[ 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.
Related formster·ror·i·za·tion, nounter·ror·iz·er, nounun·ter·ror·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for terrorize
/ (ˈtɛrəˌraɪz) /
to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
to inspire with dread; terrify
Derived Formsterrorization or terrorisation, nounterrorizer or terroriser, noun
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