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.

Nearby words

  1. holy synod,
  2. holy terror,
  3. holy thistle,
  4. holy thursday,
  5. holy trinity,
  6. holy water,
  7. holy water sprinkler,
  8. holy week,
  9. holy willie,
  10. holy writ

Origin of holy war

First recorded in 1685–95

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holy war

noun

a war waged in the cause of a religion
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