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jehad

[ji-hahd]
noun
  1. jihad.
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jihad

or je·had

[ji-hahd]
noun
  1. a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
  2. any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle.
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Origin of jihad

First recorded in 1865–70, jihad is from the Arabic word jihād struggle, strife
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Examples from the Web for jehad

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Historical Examples

  • Jehad had been proclaimed, and they were Christians in a Moslem country.

  • He is said to have torn off his suspenders, dipped himself in oil and proclaimed a Jehad.

  • 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

    Theodore Bent

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for jehad

jehad

noun
  1. a variant spelling of jihad
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jihad

jehad

noun
  1. Islam a holy war against infidels undertaken by Muslims in defence of the Islamic faith
  2. Islam the personal struggle of the individual believer against evil and persecution
  3. rare a crusade in support of a cause
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Word Origin

C19: from Arabic jihād a conflict
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Word Origin and History for jehad

jihad

n.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

jehad in Culture

jihad

[(ji-hahd, ji-had)]

In Islam, a holy war; a war ordained by God. The Koran teaches that soldiers who die in jihad go to heaven immediately.

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Note

Modern-day terrorists often claim that they are carrying out acts of destruction, such as the attacks on the World Trade Center towers, as part of a jihad.
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