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Definition of Terrorism

(noun) The premeditated use (or threat) of force or violence against civilian (nonmilitary) targets for political, religious, or ideological purposes.

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Terrorism Pronunciation

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  • 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 August 21, 2019 (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 August 21, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/terrorism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“terrorism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 21 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/terrorism/>.