The act of threatening someone with violence in order to obtain something or accomplish a goal.
Terrorism can be perfrom by anyone. For example threatening to punch a guy in the face if he doesn't give you five dollars count as terrorism, but don't tell Bush
by Tonio31 August 31, 2006
1. Acts of covert violence against civilians designed to create fear.
2. George W. Bush's excuse to bomb every Arab nation in the world.
by Anonymous March 03, 2003
A violent act to be carried out for religious and/or political reasons. The government usually uses terrorism to cause fear of the populace to take away civil liberties even create false terror or even fund certain radical terrorist factions to instigate terror attacks to create a panic atmosphere. Also the terrorism label gets applied to those that don't always agree with the policies of the government.
Fear creates more fear and causes people to agree to almost anything even policies declared immoral. Fear is the tool that radicals use to take over countries even violate the Constitution. The whole point of terrorism is to instigate fear and terror in the heart of the citizenry.
by uswgo September 16, 2011
1) Systematic use of terror, manifesting itself in violence or intimidation, for generating fear.

2) Technique used by Governments to manipulate public opinion in order to further an agenda.
Terrorism a.k.a bullshit and most overused word of the century.
by xrhythmix June 25, 2007
strategy used by goverment officials to manipulate the public's desision to reach a surtain goal
Bush caused the terrorism on 9/11 to have an excuse to have a war against iraq
by u do0n't kn0w me April 26, 2009
Simply put, it's a way of using threats of death, violence, insurrection or intimidation for political gain that occurs most often in the Middle East, but is spreading rapidly around the world.

Terrorism is nothing new and not a 20th Century phenomenon. Terrorism in the Middle East is a result of cultural, religious and political conflicts that has evolved from years of feuding between Arabs and Jews over disputed land in southwest Asia. It traces its history back many, many centuries to the time of Abraham (recognized by Muslims, Christians and Jews) as a result of a family feud between Abraham's descendants, Ishmael and Isaac, over land and the "birthright" in Genesis chapters 21-23. Abraham was promised a son by God in his old age. As a result of Abraham's unbelief, he had an illegitimate son named Ishmael (the father of the Arabs and Palestinians) with his maidservant Hagar. Abraham and his wife Sarah then had a younger, legitimate son named Isaac (father of the Jews and ultimately the nation of Israel) that God had promised. According to Jewish law, the first-born male of every family (Ishmael in this case) receives a birthright. The birthright, in this case, was land (today the nation of Israel belonging to the Jews). However, Ishmael was not the legitimate son and was not entitled to the land, but to Isaac instead. After Abraham’s test by God of offering Isaac as a sacrifice, he was promised a “great nation”—the Jewish nation and ultimately the land of Israel. Ishmael and his descendants became jealous of Isaac’s descendants and have tried to steal the land as a result, and everything has been hell since. Terrorism is the result of this family feud because it denies the Jews and Israel’s right to exist and wants to destroy it. Terrorism has become the method utilized by Palestinian sympathizers in an effort to destroy Israel and create the nation of Palestine. Numerous terrorist organizations including the PLO, Hammas, and Al Queda have been created and funded to destroy Israel and the Jews, but all attempts will fail. Terrorism has spread throughout the world and has reached Europe and the shores of the United States.
Terrorism is a cancer to a freedom loving society and is a political, social, cultural and religious problem.
by krock1dk December 06, 2007
Terrorism is the use of non-mandated pressure to achieve an outcome. It is NOT an act of war and generally has political motives. A group of bank robbers are not terrorists, nor are the legitimate armies of any country. The Vietnam war provides a good case and point; the US public initially approved of the action, then as casualties mounted, issues highlighted, the people themselves decided to change the government and stop the war, most definitely not terrorism of any kind. In many Arab, African and Latin countries, Terrorists engage in their actions regardless of government orders or the wishes of the majority of the people. They are ungovernable as they are sociopathic by definition.
When the people can vote out a government and end a war, that war is not terrorism.

The unabomber, suicide bombers, even Greenpeace and the like are terrorists; the U.S., Iraq, Pakistan as sovereign countries with a voting public governing policy are most definitely not.
by nickkeesing November 13, 2007

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