Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TERRORISM

Terrorism tests aren't anywhere close to 99 percent accurate.

Terrorism is expedient in Russia and inexpedient in Germany and England.

Terrorism and deception are weapons not of the strong but of the weak.

Terrorism is seen to be a relatively gentle procedure, useful to keep in a state of obedience the masses of the people.

Terrorism in ghastly forms is now a part of the German method of fighting the enemy.

WORD ORIGIN

1795, in specific sense of "government intimidation during the Reign of Terror in France" (March 1793-July 1794), from French terrorisme, from Latin terror (see terror).

General sense of "systematic use of terror as a policy" is first recorded in English 1798. At one time, a word for a certain kind of mass-destruction terrorism was dynamitism (1883); and during World War I frightfulness (translating German Schrecklichkeit) was used in Britain for "deliberate policy of terrorizing enemy non-combatants."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TERRORISM

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.