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[ji-hahd] /dʒɪˈhɑd/


or jehad

[ji-hahd] /dʒɪˈhɑd/
a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle.
Origin of jihad
First recorded in 1865-70, jihad is from the Arabic word jihād struggle, strife Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • jehad had been proclaimed, and they were Christians in a Moslem country.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • He is said to have torn off his suspenders, dipped himself in oil and proclaimed a jehad.

    My Discovery of England Stephen Leacock
  • When he does, it almost always winds up with a jehad, a holy war.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The fact is that all the Mohammedan world was in a state of restless activity, as the jehad, or holy war, was being preached.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • jehad—religious war—generally applied to a war entered into from self-interest, as that of the United States against Spain.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • They have the air and appearance of devotees, men set aside, roaming preachers of a jehad whose meaning they have forgotten.

    Letters from America Rupert Brooke
  • As a retort the Ameer sought to call the border tribes to a jehad, or holy war, against the British, but with little success.

British Dictionary definitions for jehad


a variant spelling of jihad


(Islam) a holy war against infidels undertaken by Muslims in defence of the Islamic faith
(Islam) the personal struggle of the individual believer against evil and persecution
(rare) a crusade in support of a cause
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic jihād a conflict
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Word Origin and History for jehad



1869, from Arabic, usually translated as "holy war," literally "struggle, contest, effort," from infinitive of jahada "he waged war, he applied himself to." Used in English since c.1880 for any sort of doctrinal crusade.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jehad in Culture
jihad [(ji-hahd, ji-had)]

In Islam, a holy war; a war ordained by God. The Koran teaches that soldiers who die in jihad go to heaven immediately.

Note: Modern-day terrorists often claim that they are carrying out acts of destruction, such as the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, as part of a jihad.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for jehad



A violent attack; destructive assault: We'll call these guys Tinker, Evers, and Chance, to protect them from jihad by the Elvis cult

[1980s+; fr Arabic, ''holy war'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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