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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bully, intimidate, frighten, alarm, shock, bludgeon, scare, coerce, horrify, menace, oppress, terrify, dismay, fright, cow, appall, hector, startle, spook, awe
- terror, reign of,
- terry's syndrome,
Also especially British, ter·ror·ise.
Origin of terrorize
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to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
to inspire with dread; terrify
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