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holy war

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.
Origin of holy war
1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There's almost no way to write about this subject without starting a holy war.
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British Dictionary definitions for holy war

holy war

a war waged in the cause of a religion
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