terrorist

Someone who uses violence, mayhem, and destruction — or the threat of those things — to coerce people or countries into taking a certain action is a terrorist. A terrorist may be motivated by religious fervor, politics, or just plain old-fashioned greed.

Terrorist has at its root the word "terror," which comes from the Latin word terrorem, meaning great fear. Great fear is exactly what terrorists hope to create so they can manipulate the situation to their benefit. The label terrorist is a subjective one. To the British, the American colonists who destroyed shiploads of tea in Boston Harbor in 1773 were terrorists. To colonists, they were patriots and heroes.

Definitions of terrorist
  1. noun
    a radical who employs terror as a political weapon; usually organizes with other terrorists in small cells; often uses religion as a cover for terrorist activities
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    examples:
    Osama bin Laden
    Arab terrorist who established al-Qaeda (born in 1957)
    Jaffar Umar Thalib
    Indonesian terrorist and Islamic militant who commands the Laskar Jihad; uses violence to achieve political ends (1965-2000)
    Ilich Ramirez Sanchez
    Venezuelan master terrorist raised by a Marxist-Leninist father; trained and worked with many terrorist groups (born in 1949)
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    cyber-terrorist, cyberpunk, hacker
    a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism
    Jacobin
    a member of the radical movement that instituted the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution
    sleeper
    a spy or saboteur or terrorist planted in an enemy country who lives there as a law-abiding citizen until activated by a prearranged signal
    suicide bomber
    a terrorist who blows himself up in order to kill or injure other people
    kamikaze
    a pilot trained and willing to cause a suicidal crash
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    radical
    a person who has radical ideas or opinions
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