Definition of Terrorism
(noun) The premeditated use (or threat) of force or violence against civilian (nonmilitary) targets for political, religious, or ideological purposes.
Example of Terrorism
Types of Terrorism
- chemical terrorism
- domestic terrorism
- international terrorism
- nuclear terrorism
- state-sponsored terrorism
- American English – /tAIR-uhr-riz-uhm/
- British English – /tE-ruh-ri-zuhm/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm/
- British English – /ˈtɛrərɪz(ə)m/
- Plural: terrorisms
- A terrorist commits an act of terrorism, terrorist act, or terrorist attack and belongs to a terrorist organization.
- Counterterrorism (counter-terrorism) attempts to prevent terrorism, often through counterintelligence (counter-intelligence).
- Critical terrorism studies (CTS) applies critical theory to the study of terrorism.
- A (noun) terrorist commits (adjective) terroristic acts (adverb) terroristically.
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Cite the Definition of Terrorism
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “terrorism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 28, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/terrorism/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
terrorism. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/terrorism/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “terrorism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 28, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/terrorism/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“terrorism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 28 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/terrorism/>.