verb (used with object), ter·ror·ized, ter·ror·iz·ing.
- to fill or overcome with terror.
- to dominate or coerce by intimidation.
- to produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings.
- to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
- to inspire with dread; terrify
v.“coerce or deter by terror,” 1823, from terror + -ize (also cf. terrorism). Related: Terrorized; terrorizing.