There is, however, no universally agreed-upon definition of the word; it’s generally recognized as the use of violence or the threat of violence that’s perpetrated not only with the goal of hurting its direct victims, but also with the intent to terrorize (cause a state of fear in) others. In furtherance of this, the terroristic acts are usually not kept covert (although the preparation necessarily is), because the larger the audience, the more fear can be generated and spread.