- a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
- any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle.
Origin of jihad
Examples from the Web for jehad
And then, Jehad, a man whose very name has become synonymous with “holy war,” says something that lights a tiny spark of hope.Beating Cancer & Dodging Israel's Bombs
September 1, 2014
“One of the only good things to come out of this is the fact that I found a new family,” said Jehad, referring to the Zilkers.
Jehad says Anat has been a ray of hope for his family as well.
Jehad had been proclaimed, and they were Christians in a Moslem country.The Cradle of Mankind
He is said to have torn off his suspenders, dipped himself in oil and proclaimed a Jehad.My Discovery of England
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
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
- 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 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.