terrorist

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French terroriste; synchronically terror +‎ -ist. First used by Edmund Burke.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛɹəɹɪst/
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Noun[edit]

terrorist (plural terrorists)

  1. A person, group, or organization that uses violent action, or the threat of violent action, to further political goals.
    • 2016 April 10, “Credit Reports”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 3, episode 8, HBO:
      Hooooly shit! That is terrible, because (1), he is not a terrorist, and (2), I do hope we have a better strategy for dealing with terrorists than flagging their credit reports and denying them their dream apartments! Hey, not in America! Not in America!
  2. An agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.

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Adjective[edit]

terrorist (not comparable)

  1. Of or relating to terrorism.
    • 2002 January 29, George Walker Bush, "2002 State of the Union Address".
      States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.
    • 2021, Antonio Parlade Jr., “To catch a commie and friends by their mouths”, in The Manila Times:
      This controversy is quite similar to the red-tagging brouhaha exploded against me by Gabriela and its ilk in the CPP-NPA-NDF legal front. In a Facebook post, I had warned Liza Soberano of the deceptive tactics of the group in recruiting showbiz icons into the communist terrorist insurgency. I was very specific in that post, saying the advice is being issued by a father, a brother or an uncle not wanting to have his daughter, sister or niece led down the road to perdition. The seeming mouthpieces of the CPP hiding in Rappler, Inquirer and Philippine Star suddenly had a heyday slamming me for allegedly red tagging the actress as well as Miss Universe Catriona Gray.

Usage notes[edit]

The use of the label "terrorist" is often controversial or subjective, since one person's terrorist may be another's "freedom fighter", and vice versa depending on somebody's personal ideology or beliefs. A cynical definition may be that a terrorist is someone who murders or terrorizes more of those for whom the terrorist is fighting, than their supposed enemies.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French terroriste.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌtɛ.rɔˈrɪst/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ter‧ro‧rist
  • Rhymes: -ɪst

Noun[edit]

terrorist m (plural terroristen, diminutive terroristje n)

  1. (derogaroty, see usage note) A terrorist.
  2. (historical) A supporter of the French Reign of Terror.

Usage notes[edit]

Like English terrorist, use of this word is rather subjective.

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  • Indonesian: teroris

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

terrorist m (definite singular terroristen, indefinite plural terrorister, definite plural terroristene)

  1. terrorist (person who uses terror as a weapon in a political struggle)

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Noun[edit]

terrorist m (definite singular terroristen, indefinite plural terroristar, definite plural terroristane)

  1. terrorist (person who uses terror as a weapon in a political struggle)

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

terror +‎ -ist

Noun[edit]

terrorist c

  1. terrorist

Declension[edit]

Declension of terrorist 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative terrorist terroristen terrorister terroristerna
Genitive terrorists terroristens terroristers terroristernas

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