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Definitions of Terrorism

From The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
noun: The use of violence or the threat of violence, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political goals.

From The Century Dictionary.
noun: Resort to terrorizing methods as a means of coercion, or the state of fear and submission produced by the prevalence of such methods.

From the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
noun: The act of terrorizing, or state of being terrorized; a mode of government by terror or intimidation.

noun: The practise of coercing governments to accede to political demands by committing violence on civilian targets; any similar use of violence to achieve goals.

From Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
noun: The deliberate commission of an act of violence to create an emotional response through the suffering of the victims in the furtherance of a political or social agenda.

noun: Violence against civilians to achieve military or political objectives.

noun: A psychological strategy of war for gaining political or religious ends by deliberately creating a climate of fear among the population of a state.

From WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
noun: 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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