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State-sponsored terrorism

Definition of State-sponsored Terrorism

(noun) An act of terrorism by a State against its own people or to aid in international terrorism.

Examples of State-sponsored Terrorism

State-sponsored Terrorism Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /steɪt ˈspɑn(t)sərd ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm/
    • British English
      • /steɪt ˈspɒnsəd ˈtɛrərɪz(ə)m/
  • Syllabification: (state spon·sor·ed ter·ror·ism)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: state-sponsored terrorisms
  • The term “State” does not have to be capitalized, but typically is in legal documents and is capitalized here for differentiation.
  • Variant spelling: state sponsored terrorism
  • A (noun) state-sponsored terrorist commits (adjectivestate-sponsored terroristic acts (adverbstate-sponsored terroristically to create a (nounstate-sponsored terror.

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Cite the Definition of State-sponsored Terrorism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “State-sponsored terrorism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 21, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/state-sponsored-terrorism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “State-sponsored terrorism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/state-sponsored-terrorism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“State-sponsored terrorism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/state-sponsored-terrorism/>.