terrorize terrorize  /ˈtɛ rə ˌraɪz/


  1. (v) coerce by violence or with threats
  2. (v) fill with terror; frighten greatly



  1. As it is, the mad genius, whom investigators tagged as the University and Airline Bomber, would terrorize the country for nearly two decades.
  2. The visits are repeated nightly; and if kind words fail, threats are used, and occasionally an assassination is committed to terrorize the petty chieftains into submission.
  3. Even the smoke-snorting sea monster that pops up from the waves to terrorize Max makes an onstage appearance.


  • Of Biker Gangs & Bars: Bushwick Tenants’ Never-ending Fight Against Lousy Landlord Gets More Ridiculous

    (Street View) The tenants of 13 Thames St. in Williamsburg have the worst luck. A year ago, their landlord allegedly hired a biker gang to terrorize them out of their apartment, which, we must admit, is one of the more novel ways to kick people out. Now — amidst an unlawful eviction and tenant harassment case — the tenants’ say their landlord has gone and outdone himself again. According to ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The New York Observer


  1. "False FBI accusations fuelled thousands of articles saying that I terrorize journalists and associate with the Mafia," Seagal told the Times in an interview published Friday. "These kinds of inflammatory allegations scare studio heads and...
    on Aug 17, 2007 By: Steven Seagal Source: 680 News

  2. The report by South African Judge Richard Goldstone said the war was "a deliberately disproportionate attack designed to punish, humiliate and terrorize a civilian population, radically diminish its local economic capacity both to work and to...
    on Oct 19, 2009 By: Richard Goldstone Source: Tehran Times

  3. "Assassinations will not terrorize us," Siniora said. "We will not let the criminal killers control our fate."
    on Nov 22, 2006 By: Fuad Saniora Source: Kansas City Star

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /