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domestic terrorism

Definition of Domestic Terrorism

(noun) An act of terrorism practiced by an individual or group in their own country.

Examples of Domestic Terrorism

Domestic Terrorism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: do·mes·tic ter·ror·ism

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /dəˈmɛstɪk ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm/
  • British English – /dəʊˈmɛstɪk ˈtɛrərɪzm/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: domestic terrorisms
  • Domestic terrorism is contrasted to international terrorism.
  • Variant spelling: domestic-terrorism
  • A (noundomestic terrorist commits (adjectivedomestic terroristic acts (adverbdomestic terroristically to create (noundomestic terror.

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Works Consulted

Shepard, Jon M. 2010. Sociology. 11th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Taylor & Francis. (N.d.) Routledge Handbooks Online. (https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Wiley. (N.d.) Wiley Online Library. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

Cite the Definition of Domestic Terrorism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “domestic terrorism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 22, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/domestic-terrorism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

domestic terrorism. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/domestic-terrorism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “domestic terrorism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 22, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/domestic-terrorism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“domestic terrorism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 22 Nov. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/domestic-terrorism/>.