- a member of an Arab commando group operating especially against Israel.
Origin of fedayee
1950–55; < dialectal Arabic fidāʾī (plural fidāʾīyīn) one who sacrifices himself (especially for his country)
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Examples from the Web for fedayeen
“We were in contact with the fedayeen until their final minutes,” he says, using the term that refers to suicide bombers.Exclusive: Taliban Boast About Kabul Hotel Attack
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
June 29, 2011
- (sometimes capital) (in Arab states) a commando, esp one fighting against Israel
from Arabic fidā'i one who risks his life in a cause, from fidā' redemption
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Word Origin and History for fedayeen
partisans or irregulars in the Middle East, from Arabic plural of fedai "devotee, zealot, one who risks life for a cause," from Persian fidai.
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