from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The deliberate commission of an act of violence to create an emotional response through the suffering of the victims in the furtherance of a political or social agenda.
- n. Violence against civilians to achieve military or political objectives.
- n. A psychological strategy of war for gaining political or religious ends by deliberately creating a climate of fear among the population of a state.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of terrorizing, or state of being terrorized; a mode of government by terror or intimidation.
- n. The practise of coercing governments to accede to political demands by committing violence on civilian targets; any similar use of violence to achieve goals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Resort to terrorizing methods as a means of coercion, or the state of fear and submission produced by the prevalence of such methods.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
terror + -ism (Wiktionary)