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jihad

or je·had

[ ji-hahd ]
/ dʒɪˈhɑd /
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noun

a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
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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British Dictionary definitions for jihad

jihad

jehad

/ (dʒɪˈhæd) /

noun

Islam a holy war against infidels undertaken by Muslims in defence of the Islamic faith
Islam the personal struggle of the individual believer against evil and persecution
rare a crusade in support of a cause

Word Origin for jihad

C19: from Arabic jihād a conflict
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Cultural definitions for jihad

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.

notes for jihad

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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