[ in-tuh-fah-duh ]
/ ˌɪn təˈfɑ də /


(sometimes initial capital letter) a revolt begun in December 1987 by Palestinian Arabs to protest Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Origin of intifada

1988; < Arabic intifāḍa literally, a shaking off, derivative of fāḍa to shake off Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intifada


/ (ˌɪntɪˈfɑːdə) /


the Palestinian uprising against Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that started at the end of 1987

Word Origin for intifada

C20: Arabic, literally: uprising
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Culture definitions for intifada


[ (in-tuh-fah-duh) ]

Arabic for uprising. Starting in 1987, Palestinians have engaged in an intermittent intifada against Israel on the West Bank and Gaza Strip in their pursuit of a Palestinian state.

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