Terrorism is violence or the threat of violence directed against civilians for the purpose of creating intense fear, which the terrorist hopes to exploit to attain political or ideological goals.

Terrorism can be perpetrated by individuals, groups, or governments. What distinguishes terrorism from assault or murder is that terrorism is intended to intimidate and create mayhem, to inspire terror. It's terrorism when a suicide bomber blows himself up in a crowded bus, in that the violence is directed not against soldiers on a battlefield but against civilians going about their everyday lives.

Definitions of terrorism
  1. 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
    synonyms: act of terrorism, terrorist act
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    a paramilitary group of Protestants in Northern Ireland that tries to prevent any political settlement with the Irish Republic; attacks interests of Catholic civilians in Northern Ireland; responsible for arson and bombing and murder
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    biological terrorism, bioterrorism
    terrorism using the weapons of biological warfare
    chemical terrorism
    terrorism using the chemical agents of chemical warfare; can undermine the personal security of citizens
    cyber-terrorism, cyberterrorism, cyberwar
    an assault on electronic communication networks
    domestic terrorism
    terrorism practiced in your own country against your own people
    eco-warfare, ecological terrorism, ecological warfare, ecoterrorism
    violence carried out to further the political or social objectives of the environmentalists
    international terrorism
    terrorism practiced in a foreign country by terrorists who are not native to that country
    the financing of terrorist activities by participation in the drug trade
    nuclear terrorism
    the use of a nuclear device by a terrorist organization to cause massive devastation or the use (or threat of use) of fissionable radioactive materials
    state-sponsored terrorism
    terrorism practiced by a government against its own people or in support of international terrorism
    terrorism for a religious purpose
    terrorist attack
    a surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims
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    the use of extreme fear in order to coerce people (especially for political reasons)
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