Forgetting for a moment that “terrorism” is actually a tactic (and actually means something different from the way most politicians seem to be using it), people’s usage of the word “terrorism” has changed to mean something other than the “real” or “original” meaning.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton took a stab at defining what “terrorism” means….
Terror mean[s] killing and robbery and coercion by people who do not have state authority and go beyond national borders.
The “who do not have state authority” part is actually a pretty important point. As when all the “terrorism” hysteria started years ago, groups such a police actually were terrorists under the original definition of the word “terrorist”.
The “authority” part is why taxation is not considered theft. And why a cop arresting someone and taking them away is not considered kidnapping an abduction. And why, in the past, lords who had forced sex (under primae noctis), were not considered rapists.
Of course, the usual caveats about this, that one need accept the notion of authority for arguments for such labeling to be cogent.