hezbollah

hezbollah

[Arabic khes-bah-lah]
noun
a radical Shiʿite Muslim organization in Lebanon engaged in guerrilla warfare against Israel.
Also, Hizballah.


Origin:
< Arabic: literally, Party of God

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Hezbollah or Hizbollah (ˌhɛzbəˈlɑː)
 
n
an organization of militant Shiite Muslims based in Lebanon
 
[C20: Arabic, literally: party of God]
 
Hizbollah or Hizbollah
 
n
 
[C20: Arabic, literally: party of God]

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Hezbollah
extremist Shiite group active in Lebanon, 1960, from Pers. hezbollah, Arabic hizbullah, lit. "Party of God," from hezb/hizb "party" + allah "God." An adherent is a Hezbollahi.
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Hezbollah definition


A radical Arabic organization that arose after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. The Hezbollah has often been accused of terrorism.

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