[ hah-mahs ]
/ hɑˈmɑs /
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a Palestinian Islamic fundamentalist movement engaged in grass-roots organizing and armed resistance and terrorism against Israel.
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Origin of Hamas

From the Arabic word hamas, literally, zeal
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British Dictionary definitions for Hamas

/ (ˈhæmæs) /

an organization founded in 1987 with the aim of establishing an Islamic state in Palestine

Word Origin for Hamas

C20: Arabic: zeal; also an acronym for haraka muqawama islamia Islamic Armed Movement
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Cultural definitions for Hamas


A radical Palestinian organization founded in 1987 in opposition to the moderate policies of the Palestine Liberation Organization. In a controversial move, Yasir Arafat has brought members of Hamas into positions of authority within the Palestinian Authority. Hamas sponsors terrorism directed at Israel, especially in the form of suicide bombers in crowded places.

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