terrorize


terrorize

verb (used with object), ter·ror·ized, ter·ror·iz·ing.

  1. to fill or overcome with terror.
  2. to dominate or coerce by intimidation.
  3. to produce widespread fear by acts of violence, as bombings.

verb (tr)

  1. to coerce or control by violence, fear, threats, etc
  2. to inspire with dread; terrify

v.“coerce or deter by terror,” 1823, from terror + -ize (also cf. terrorism). Related: Terrorized; terrorizing.

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