terrorize

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ter·ror·ize / ˈterəˌrīz/ • v. [tr.] create and maintain a state of extreme fear and distress in (someone); fill with terror: he used his private army to terrorize the population the union said staff would not be terrorized into ending their strike. DERIVATIVES: ter·ror·i·za·tion / ˌterərəˈzāshən/ n. ter·ror·iz·er n.