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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that engages in acts or an act of terrorism.
  • adj. Of or relating to terrorism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person, group, or organization that uses violent action, or the threat of violent action, to further political goals; frequently in an attempt to coerce either a more powerful opponent, (such as a citizen or group targeting a government), or conversely, a weaker opponent, (such as a government, or even an internal citizen or group, being targeted by a larger government).
  • n. An agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.
  • adj. Of or relating to terrorism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who governs by terrorism or intimidation; specifically, an agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.
  • n. One who commits terrorism{2}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who favors or uses terrorizing methods for the accomplishment of some object, as for coercing a government or a community into the adoption of or submission to a certain course; one who practises terrorism.
  • n. In Russia, a member of a political party whose purpose is to demoralize the government by terror. See nihilism, 4 .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities

Etymologies

French terroriste. See terror. First used by Edmund Burke. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 'terrorist attack' at ft hood* lieberman suggests army shooter was 'home-grown terrorist'* video: fmr jag officer called out for insisting ft hood incident was terrorism* video: fox host suggests

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  • When questioned about the use of the term terrorist Gallop did not back down.

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  • Bush officials stretched the term terrorist to include anyone that it said was a "terrorist combatant," where and how long that individual could be held (indefinitely) and how they should be legally disposed of (none of the standard constitutional protections).

    Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Hillary Should not Step Down Over WikiLeaks

  • The term terrorist means that they try to instill fear in everyone and make our everyday lives less productive.

    Is it weakness to try terrorists in civilian court?

  • I am tired of Enhansed interrogation techniques but just as aggregious is the application of the term terrorist and “the battlefields of Afghanistan”.

    Uh, Which Civil Liberties Groups Pushed For A ‘Prolonged Detention’ Executive Order? | ATTACKERMAN

  • BASH: Now, Wolf, one of the things that you mentioned is the fact that the White House is using the term terrorist surveillance program.

    CNN Transcript Jan 25, 2006

  • QUESTION: Your language on the charge, you used the term terrorist attack.

    CNN Transcript Oct 28, 2002

  • Now, the term terrorist cell is being used to describe individuals who are willing, sympathetic to the cause, willing to provide their bodies or their resources, and we'll hear more from the attorney general right now as you see him.

    CNN Transcript Oct 4, 2002

  • Shortly after the story published, Biden spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff offered this quote, which was far from a denial: The word terrorist was used by several members of Congress.

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  • Yes NamVeT, of course the term terrorist is only for muslims and blacks.

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