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A description of terrorism in the websters new american dictionary

It was a gruesome and protracted period of official state-sponsored violence that set the political tone for much of the use of these words ever since. Its first definition was "a state of being terrified, or a state impressing terror.

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And upon the latter occasion, when the party got possession of the Convention and began for a while to rule, and were about to reestablish terrorism and not royalty, the royalists shifted their ground in a moment and became very vociferous against popular commotions, and equally pathetic in support of the Convention and of the law, which a few hours before they disdained and endeavoured to subvert. The Convention have recently enacted a severe Law on this subject.

Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language is printed

You will readily conceive, that the imputation of terrorism was carried to the utmost extent whilst this state of things lasted. I believe you never felt the terrorism of Mr. The real terrors of both Parties have always been, and now are; The fear that they shall lose the Elections and consequently the Loaves and Fishes; and that their Antagonists will obtain them.

The History of the Word 'Terrorism'

Where is the terrorism now, my friend? There is now more real terrorism in New England than there ever was in Virginia.

  1. The real terrors of both Parties have always been, and now are; The fear that they shall lose the Elections and consequently the Loaves and Fishes; and that their Antagonists will obtain them. The groups carrying out the acts of violence are commonly subnational groups, religious extremists, or clandestine agents.
  2. I believe you never felt the terrorism of Mr.
  3. I believe you never felt the terrorism of Mr. Regarded as the most important fact of all is this.

He added the word in his very final revision, the edition of 1840, with a definition that was broad and non-political: A state of being terrified, or a state impressing terror. That same revision saw the addition of terrorist, with explicit references to the French Revolutionary period: An agent or partisan of the revolutionary tribunal during the reign of terror in France.

  1. Apparently, explosives were used in the terrorist exercise at a tower carrying high-voltage electricity to the United States.
  2. A state of being terrified, or a state impressing terror.
  3. Offers Rewards for Terror Information.

A second shift in meaning took place later: It was used in this way in newspaper coverage of gangsters during the 1920s: Regarded as the most important fact of all is this: Gangsters, by terrorism, vote stealing and bribery, swung a certain political faction into power and in return were given the privilege of operating gambling, vice and booze joints. They realize that terrorism, however effective for a while, is revolting and cannot be sustained forever; no regime can be vigilant enough in perpetuity to crush opposition wherever and whenever it arises.

Act of terrorizing, or state of being terrorized; specif.: As for the word terror itself, our dictionaries included it as a synonym for Reign of Terror for decades, until a specific sense connected to terrorism was added in 1973: More Words At Play.