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[ji-hahd] /dʒɪˈhɑd/
a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle.
Origin of jihad
1865-70; < Arabic jihād struggle, strife Unabridged
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  • jihad is incumbent on all Moslems if against infidel aggression.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
British Dictionary definitions for jihad


(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
C19: from Arabic jihād a conflict
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Word Origin and History for jihad

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jihad 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 jihad



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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