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n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A fundamentalist Muslim group of Afghanistan and western Pakistan, known for its military and paramilitary activities.

[Pashto tālibān, pl. of tālib, student, from Persian, from Arabic, seeker, student, from ṭalaba, to seek; see ṭlb in Semitic roots.]


(ˈtælɪbæn) ,




(Islam) (in Afghanistan) a fundamentalist Islamic army: in 1996 it defeated the ruling mujaheddin factions and seized control of the country; overthrown in 2001 by US-led forces, although resistance continues, esp in the south
[C20: from Arabic tāliban seekers]
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Noun1.Taliban - a fundamentalist Islamic militia; in 1995 the Taliban militia took over Afghanistan and in 1996 took Kabul and set up an Islamic government; "the Taliban enforced a strict Muslim code of behavior"
religious movement - a movement intended to bring about religious reforms


A. NPL the Talibanlos talibanes
B. ADJtalibán/ana


ntaliban(e) m/f, Taliban(e) m/f
the Taliban → les talibans


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He is reminded of Afghan men reacting in a similar way to unveiled women who had till the recent Talibanised past been virtually 'non existent' and who are described in inimitable Rashid style as 'perambulating shrouds'.
Secondly, it has been dealing with the Pak Islamist zealots on its own, often paying ransom quietly without any demur, to secure its business interests that range from beauty parlours to highways and cellular phone services from the highlands in Talibanised North-west Pakistan to Karachi, the commercial capital of the country.
The globally respected and valued rich Indian civilization and culture could become talibanised to the detriment of secular India and of humanity itself.
The Saamna thinks it lives in some Talibanised land and not in a democratic country like India.