Origins Of The Term Terrorism
The root of the word terrorism is taken from a Latin term that literally means "to frighten". It became part of the phrase "terror cimbricus", which was used by ancient Romans in 105BC to describe the panic that ensued as they prepared for an attack by a fierce warrior tribe. Many years later that fact was taken into account during the bloody reign of Maximilien Robespierre during the French Revolution.
This period of time was referred to as the Reign of Terror, largely in homage to "terror cimbricus". After nearly a year, the Terror came to an end and Robespierre was overthrown and executed. When it was over, people started to use the word terrorist to describe a person who abuses power through the threat of force. A journalist in the United Kingdom wrote about the Reign of Terror in The Times newspaper, and created the word terrorism as a way to describe the actions of Robespierre. The word became so popular it was officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary three years later.
Originally, "terrorism" was used to describe one who abuses political power through force.
Funny how government uses language once used to condemn itself in order to "terrorize" its own people and keep them in compliance.