The systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion. (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
The calculated use of violence
or the threat of violence to inculcate fear; intended
to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies
in the pursuit of goals that are generally political,
religious, or ideological. (U.S. Department of Defense [DOD])
The unlawful use of force or
violence against persons or property to intimidate
or coerce a government, the civilian population, or
any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or
social objectives. (Federal Bureau of Investigation
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