[ 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.
Also especially British, ter·ror·ise.

Origin of terrorize

First recorded in 1815–25; terror + -ize

Related forms

ter·ror·i·za·tion, nounter·ror·iz·er, nounun·ter·ror·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for terrorize



/ (ˈtɛrəˌraɪz) /

verb (tr)

to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
to inspire with dread; terrify

Derived Forms

terrorization or terrorisation, nounterrorizer or terroriser, noun
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