islamic jihad

Main Entry:  Islamic Jihad
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any of several Muslim extremist organizations in the Middle East and the war they wage against perceived threats to the Islamic religion
Etymology:  jihad from jahada 'to strive for a better way of life'
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islamic jihad

noun
1. a Shiite terrorist organization with strong ties to Iran; seeks to create an Iranian fundamentalist Islamic state in Lebanon; car bombs are the signature weapon 
2. an Islamic extremist group active since the late 1970s; seeks to overthrow the Egyptian government and replace it with an Islamic state; works in small underground cells; "the original Jihad was responsible for the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981" [syn: al-Jihad
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