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terrorize (one) into (something)

1. To force or coerce one to do something through the use of fear, violence, and intimidation. Marauders have been terrorizing residents of the small town into fleeing their homes. The gangsters terrorized local business owners into paying so-called protection money.
2. To cause one to enter into some state through the use of fear, violence, and intimidation. The secret task force terrorized the hardened criminal into a blubbering mess during their interrogation. The fascist government began terrorizing its citizens into silent obedience.
See also: terrorize

terrorize (one) out of (something)

1. To cause, compel, or force one to leave something or some place through the use of fear, violence, or intimidation. Marauders have been terrorizing local residents out of their homes. The mafia terrorized local business owners out of town who refused to pay protection money.
2. To cause, compel, or force one not to do something because of violence, intimidation, or harassment. This political party has begun an organized campaign of terrorizing its opponents out of having their voices heard. The fascist government is trying to terrorize people out of forming an organized rebellion.
See also: of, out, terrorize

terrify someone into something

 and terrorize someone into something
to threaten or frighten someone into doing something. The salesman is just trying to terrify you into buying a new car by saying the one you have is dangerous. They tried to terrorize people into staying off the streets.
See also: terrify
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Quoting from the Muslim holy book, the Koran, he told his supporters to "find what strength you have to terrorize your enemy and the enemy of God.
This is rationalized on the ground that Israel is the victim of terrorism, but does not itself terrorize, a view dutifully expounded in the mainstream media.
Why is it that people who terrorize Israelis are called militants, while people who terrorize Americans--such as Osama bin Laden--are called terrorists?
Henderson goes to trial March 22 on charges of first-degree murder, kidnapping with intent to inflict bodily injury or terrorize the victim, and aggravated robbery.
That changed, said Newsweek, after a "sniper; using a high-powered rifle [began] to terrorize the Washington area.
These incidents are shocking not only due to their cruelty and brutality but because the rapes are sanctioned by the military authorities; they are a political form of violation used deliberately to terrorize the civilian population.
The improvised missiles were intended to scare sailors into surrendering, and to terrorize the seas from Virginia to the Caribbean in the early 18th century.
corporations, despite the fact that these countries terrorize large segments of their population.
The police detained him after tracking down his motorcycle he used to terrorize his victims.
KARACHI, September 09, 2009 (Balochistan Times): The Provincial interior minister, Zulfiqar Mirza has taken strong notice of police, of trying to extort eidee (money gift on Eid) out of citizens under guise of snap checking, and issued strict orders for them, not to terrorize hapless public with their unnecessary show of power.