act of terrorism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n act of terrorism the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
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Usage

In literature:

To acts of terrorism, however, they are opposed on principle.
"Russia" by Donald Mackenzie Wallace
The Blackfeet, in this affair, do not appear to have acted up to the character which has rendered them objects of such terror.
"The Adventures of Captain Bonneville Digested From His Journal" by Washington Irving
Struck with terror at the boldness of their act, and even by its success, they dispersed.
"The Brotherhood of Consolation" by Honore de Balzac
The swift act doubled the terror and anguish of the struggling little wight.
"Barbara Blomberg, Complete" by Georg Ebers
He seemed vastly amused at her terror, and boldly took the hand with which she had arrested his act of total revelation.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy
The terror of punishment is perpetually before our eyes; but we know not, how to avert it, what rules to act by, or what guides to follow.
"The Journal of Negro History, Vol. I. Jan. 1916" by Various
He wanted the full sweep of rage, terror, pity, suspense, or anger alive with the end of the act.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
She feared me so that she acted a comedy of love, in terror of her life, after she had discovered that she hated me.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
No sooner did this idea come to her than she acted on it, and in a frenzy of terror began to call George's name through the keyhole.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
My body acted from instinct, before my brain had time to realize the terrors of my position.
"A Stable for Nightmares" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Sudden terror often acts thus upon women of her highly nervous temperament.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
The man who had been her terror for hours had at the moment of need acted as her protector.
"Room Number 3" by Anna Katharine Green
He has drawn the saint in the act of caressing a lion, while several monks are seen flying in terror at the sight.
"The History of Painting in Italy, Vol. 3 (of 6)" by Luigi Antonio Lanzi
Act surprise and terror, of course!
"Quisisana" by Friedrich Spielhagen
Portions of France were terrorized, more by its extravagant language than by its overt acts.
"Socialism and Democracy in Europe" by Samuel P. Orth
He was possessed with a sort of terror that the boy might wake up and, acting under a strong revulsion of feeling, cut his throat.
"The Sins of the Children" by Cosmo Hamilton
The world of the apocalypses, which was the world in which Jesus had to live and act, was not less full of mysteries and terrors than our own.
"Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History" by Auguste Sabatier
They should have been a terror to traitors to all time, and posterity would have pronounced it the best act of my life.
"Famous American Statesmen" by Sarah Knowles Bolton
It was all, as then in acting, so now in recalling, one wild dream of terror.
"Rutledge" by Miriam Coles Harris
My body acted from instinct, before my brain had time to realize the terrors of my position.
"Great Ghost Stories" by Various
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In poetry:

POLONIA. No one accompanied can brave
The terrors of this gloomy lake;
And so a skiff you needs must take,
And try alone the icy wave;
Being in that most trying strait
The absolute master of your acts and fate.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

However, it is wrong to blame all adherents of a certain religion for acts of terrorism.
A recently freed Islamist thinker has long advocated small-scale, independent acts of anti-Western terror.
Though police are still investigating Sediqi's murder , many are convinced it was also an act of terrorism committed by the Taliban.
An ominous act of terror.
The FBI and Justice Department initially had said they were looking into Page 's killing spree as an act of domestic terrorism.
Today marks a day of reflection for many as we remember the tragic 9/11 attacks in New York, Washington, DC and Shanksville, Pa. Amidst terrorism, there were also great acts of heroism with many sacrificing their lives to protect others.
The American Civil Liberties Union Wednesday filed the first lawsuit against the Patriot Act, the anti-terrorism law passed after the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, was arrested Friday for possession of an incendiary device and violating the state's anti-terrorism act.
Cuba accuses Posada of blowing up a commercial airliner and other terror acts.
A Mizzou researcher has been awarded a large sum of money to help health care providers learn more about mental health issues among those who have survived natural disasters or acts of terrorism.
Attack on consulate in Libya was act of terrorism, US says.
As Patrick noted last night, President Obama mentioned "acts of terror" in his remarks September 12, but without directly making the connection between that and Libya.
In what officials called an act of domestic terrorism, a gunman with neo-Nazi ties opened fire as local Sikhs —or "sicks" as some adherents call themselves—had gathered for a worship service.
The tragedy is being treated as an act of domestic terrorism committed against Sikhs , followers of a religion founded in India.
Accordingly, the unanswered "hovering question" is whether drone attacks are themselves acts of terrorism .
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