Definition of terrorist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈterərɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈterərɪst//
Criminals, Terrorism
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a person who takes part in terrorism The terrorists are threatening to blow up the plane. a terrorist attack/bomb/group See related entries: Criminals, Terrorism Word Originlate 18th cent.: from French terroriste, from Latin terror, from terrere ‘frighten’. The word was originally applied to supporters of the Jacobins in the French Revolution, who advocated repression and violence in pursuit of the principles of democracy and equality.Extra examples The bomb attacks have been attributed to a group of international terrorists. an increase in terrorist activity the recruitment of young would-be terrorists the so-called wine terrorists of the Languedoc the victim of a terrorist atrocity A terrorist bomb brought down a huge section of the central bank building. International terrorists are threatening to blow up the plane. The ambassador was badly injured in a terrorist attack. Three suspected terrorists have been arrested.
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