mujahideen

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mu·ja·hid

 (mo͞o-jä′hĭd′)
n. pl. mu·ja·hi·deen or mu·ja·hi·din (mo͞o-jä′hĕ-dēn′)
1. One engaged in a jihad, especially as a guerrilla warrior.
2. One of the Muslim guerrilla warriors that resisted the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s with the support of the United States and Pakistan.

[Ultimately (partly via Persian) from Arabic mujāhid, one who fights in a jihad, active participle of jāhada, to fight; see ghd in Semitic roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mujahideen - a military force of Muslim guerilla warriors engaged in a jihad; "some call the mujahidin international warriors but others just call them terrorists"
act of terrorism, terrorism, terrorist act - the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear
military force, military group, military unit, force - a unit that is part of some military service; "he sent Caesar a force of six thousand men"
Mujahedeen Khalq - Iranian guerillas based in Iraq
mujahid - a Muslim engaged in what he considers to be a jihad
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