Word Origins: TerroristThe word ‘terrorist’ actually sprung up around 1795 during the French Revolution, and referred to the Reign of Terror initiated by the Revolutionary government.

The agents of the the National Convention (the new administration during that troubled period) who enforced the French Reign of Terror (La Terreur, 1793-1794) under Robespierre  were referred to as ‘Terrorists”.

In fact, the Revolution also inspired royalists to use terrorist tactics such as assassination and intimidation.

Up to 40,000 people were guillotined during this period by the ‘Terrorists”.

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