terrorizes, terrorizing, terrorized
If someone terrorizes you, they keep you in a state of fear by making it seem likely that they will attack you.

[V n] Bands of gunmen have hijacked food shipments and terrorized relief workers.

[V-ed] ...pensioners terrorised by anonymous telephone calls.

(in BRIT, also use terrorise)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • terrorize — ter·ror·ize / ter ər ˌīz/ vt ized, iz·ing: to inflict terror upon ter·ror·i·za·tion /ˌter ər ə zā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Terrorize — Ter ror*ize, v. t. [Cf. F. terroriser.] To impress with terror; to coerce by intimidation. [1913 Webster] Humiliated by the tyranny of foreign despotism, and terrorized by ecclesiastical authority. J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • terrorize — coerce or deter by terror, 1823, from TERROR (Cf. terror) + IZE (Cf. ize) (also Cf. TERRORISM (Cf. terrorism)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • terrorize — (Amer.) ter·ror·ize || terÉ™raɪz v. terrify, intimidate, dominate or coerce through intimidation (also terrorise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • terrorize — *terrify, *frighten, fright, alarm, scare, startle, affray, affright Analogous words: *intimidate, cow, bulldoze, browbeat: coerce, compel, *force: drive, impel, *move: agitate, upset (see DISCOMPOSE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • terrorize — [v] upset, threaten alarm, appall, awe, bludgeon, browbeat, bulldoze*, bully, coerce, cow, dismay, dragoon, fright, frighten, hector, horrify, intimidate, menace, oppress, petrify, scare, scare to death*, shock, spook, startle, strike terror… …   New thesaurus

  • terrorize — (also terrorise) ► VERB ▪ create and maintain a feeling of terror in (a person or area) …   English terms dictionary

  • terrorize — [ter′ər īz΄] vt. terrorized, terrorizing 1. to fill with terror; terrify 2. to coerce, make submit, etc. by filling with terror, as by the use or threat of violence SYN. FRIGHTEN terrorization n …   English World dictionary

  • terrorize — v. (D; tr.) to terrorize into * * * [ terəraɪz] (D; tr.) to terrorize into …   Combinatory dictionary

  • terrorize — UK [ˈterəraɪz] / US [ˈterəˌraɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms terrorize : present tense I/you/we/they terrorize he/she/it terrorizes present participle terrorizing past tense terrorized past participle terrorized to frighten people by threatening …   English dictionary

  • terrorize — Synonyms and related words: affright, alarm, assault, attack, awe, barbarize, batter, beat down, bludgeon, bluster, bluster out of, break, browbeat, brutalize, bulldoze, bully, bullyrag, burn, butcher, carry on, castrate, clamp down on, coerce,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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