- a war waged for what is supposed or proclaimed to be a holy purpose, as the defense of faith.
- any disagreement or argument between fanatical proponents of radically differing beliefs, opinions, etc.: a holy war on the merits of rival computer operating systems; a holy war about welfare reform.
Origin of holy war
First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for holy war
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Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
The favourite system of this King was the Holy-War, and his intemperate zeal led to the point before us.
In 1106 gathered another council at Poitiers, a holy-war rally, but the war was to be waged on Christian Constantinople.How France Built Her Cathedrals
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- a war waged in the cause of a religion
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