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jehad

[ji-hahd] /dʒɪˈhɑd/
noun
1.

jihad

or jehad

[ji-hahd] /dʒɪˈhɑd/
noun
1.
a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
2.
any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle.
Origin of jihad
1865-1870
1865-70; < Arabic jihād struggle, strife
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  • He would only take men who would put their lives on the hazard, for no quarter is given in jehad.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • He is said to have torn off his suspenders, dipped himself in oil and proclaimed a jehad.

    My Discovery of England Stephen Leacock
  • jehad had been proclaimed, and they were Christians in a Moslem country.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • When he does, it almost always winds up with a jehad, a holy war.

    Border, Breed Nor Birth Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • Deprived of the Sheikhs countenance the jehad proved a rather damp squib.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • 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
  • Queer how the echo of Cutty's description of the drums calling a jehad—a holy war—should adapt itself to that Elevated.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for jehad

jehad

/dʒɪˈhæd/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of jihad

jihad

/dʒɪˈhæd/
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
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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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.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for jehad

jihad

noun

A violent attack; destructive assault: We'll call these guys Tinker, Evers, and Chance, to protect them from jihad by the Elvis cult

[1980s+; fr Arabic, ''holy war'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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