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TERRORIST ATTACK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does terrorist attack mean? 

TERRORIST ATTACK (noun)
  The noun TERRORIST ATTACK has 1 sense:

1. a surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims

  Familiarity information: TERRORIST ATTACK used as a noun is very rare.


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TERRORIST ATTACK (noun)


Sense 1terrorist attack [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A surprise attack involving the deliberate use of violence against civilians in the hope of attaining political or religious aims

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("terrorist attack" is a kind of...):

act of terrorism; terrorism; terrorist act (the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)

coup de main; surprise attack (an attack without warning)

Instance hyponyms:

9-11; 9/11; Sep 11; Sept. 11; September 11 (the day in 2001 when Arab suicide bombers hijacked United States airliners and used them as bombs)


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