Meaning of “terrorist” in the English Dictionary

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"terrorist" in British English

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terroristnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈter.ə.rɪst/ us /ˈter.ɚ.ɪst/

B2 someone who uses violent action, or threats of violent action, for political purposes:

Several terrorists have been killed by their own bombs.
There has been an increase in terrorist attacks.
The government has stated that it will not give in to terrorist threats.

More examples

  • The hostages are being held as a bargaining chip by terrorist organizations.
  • The terrorist attack on the UN building has shocked the civilized world.
  • An unknown terrorist group has claimed responsibility for this morning's bomb attack.
  • It is thought that they worked in collusion with the terrorist network.
  • It's often said that one person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist.

(Definition of “terrorist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)