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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ter•ror•ist  (terər ist),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.
  2. Governmenta person who terrorizes or frightens others.
  3. Government(formerly) a member of a political group in Russia aiming at the demoralization of the government by terror.
  4. Governmentan agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the Reign of Terror in France.

adj. 
  1. Governmentof, pertaining to, or characteristic of terrorism or terrorists:terrorist tactics.
ter′ror•istic, adj. 
  • 1785–95; terror + -ist; compare French terroriste

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ter•ror•ism /ˈtɛrəˌrɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Governmentthe use of violence and threats to frighten and force one's will on another, esp. for political purposes.
ter•ror•ist, n. [countable]terrorists who were active in the overthrow of the government.—adj. : terrorist activities.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ter•ror•ism  (terə riz′əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmentthe use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, esp. for political purposes.
  2. Governmentthe state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
  3. Governmenta terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
  • terror + -ism 1785–95


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

terrorist /ˈtɛrərɪst/ n
  1. a person who employs terror or terrorism, esp as a political weapon
  2. (as modifier): terrorist tactics



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