What is your definition of the word "terrorist"?

In my ongoing posts about language and subjectivity (which have been great so far) I wonder...

What is your definition of the word "terrorist"?


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Most Helpful Girl

  • Someone who uses fear to be heard/make a point. Fear can be physical violence or intimidation.

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Most Helpful Guy

  • A person who uses intimidation or violence in the name of their religious/political beliefs

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What Girls Said 4

  • A person or group that says or does things to create terror in the mind of the innocents.

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  • Anyone that wants to do harm

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  • well b4 all this word bending u westerners do, i considered a terrorist someone who terrorizes!

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  • a person who commits terrorism

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What Guys Said 10

  • a person or persons who are using fear to undermine a group, or a certain group of individuals to instill fear in them for either a political, or religious cause

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    a person or persons who are trying to make a political statement to a certain group of individuals who are part of a governmental body institution.

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    a brainwashed person or group of individuals who get information from a certain source, or sources, who have a message to convey, but construed it to the point where it is a slant in which its followers will receive falsehoods from the message, but changed to suit the demagogue of its followers

    example: IRA (Irish Republican Army), David Koresh (Branch Dividian), Abortion Clinic Bombers, Church Bombers, UnaBomber, Oklahoma City

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  • My definition of a terrorist is a person who tries to kill numerous innocent people either just to spread fear or because they believe those people are inferior

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  • People aim to create fear among civilians by using violence.

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  • terrorizer; a person who terrorizes people. fear mongering, using fear and stuff like that.

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  • A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims.

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  • A politicians word for anybody that opposes their will

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  • Fighters using unconventional tactics for the opposing side.

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  • The legal definition is suitable for me.

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  • An unsanctioned person or group which uses violence or threats to intimidate and coerce especially for political purposes.

    When sanctioned it is called government.

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