terrorize (one) into (something)

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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
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"They can't beat us on the battlefield, so they try to terrorize us into being afraid, and changing our patterns of behavior, and panicking, and abandoning our allies and partners, and retreating from the world," he said.
I feel the pain of all the children who have lost parents at the hands of these blood thirsty killers who seek to terrorize us into submitting to their warped interpretation of our peaceful religion.
One choice is to let security concerns terrorize us into surrendering all our privacy rights and civil liberties.