holy war


noun

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.

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Origin of holy war

First recorded in 1685–95
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British Dictionary definitions for holy war

holy war

noun

a war waged in the cause of a religion
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