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When the government punishes people for their actions, it's called deterrence. When people punish the government for its actions, it's called terrorism. So similar are these words in meaning, they have the same Latin root.


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Main Entry: ter·ror
Pronunciation: 'ter-&r
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French terreur, from
Latin terror, from terrEre to frighten; akin to Greek trein
to be afraid, flee, tremein to tremble -- more at TREMBLE

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Main Entry: de·ter
Pronunciation: di-'t&r, dE-
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): de·terred; de·ter·ring
Etymology: Latin deterrEre, from de- + terrEre to frighten -- more at TERROR