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 (fĕ-dä′yē′, -dä′ē′, -dă′-)
n. pl. fe·da·yeen (-yēn′, -ēn′)
A commando or guerrilla, especially an Arab commando operating in the Middle East.

[Arabic fidā'ī, one who sacrifices himself, from fidā', sacrifice, ransom, from fadā, to sacrifice, ransom; see pdy in Semitic roots.]
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Noun1.fedayeen - (plural) Arab guerrillas who operate mainly against Israel
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
paramilitary, paramilitary force, paramilitary organisation, paramilitary organization, paramilitary unit - a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)


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L'OLP etait alors en pleine phase ascendante et, a travers le monde, les fedayin etaient le symbole du courage et de la tenacite.
La mobilisation politique des annees 1960 a amene un lot de fedayin originaires d'autres regions de la Palestine, modifiant ainsi la societe relativement homogene des premieres annees.
Egypt provided safe haven for Palestinian Fedayin guerillas, which led to border clashes with Israel.
On November 9, 1969, the 31st anniversary of the Night of Pogroms of 1938, a group called Tupamaros Westberlin placed a bomb in front of the Jewish Community Center in Berlin and justified this attack as a necessary reaction to the so-called "fascist" crimes committed by Zionists and to express solidarity with the fighting fedayin as the avant-garde of worldwide revolution.
Jesus Christ," Yasser Arafat declared at a 1983 press conference, "was the first Palestinian militant fedayin who carried his sword along the path on which the Palestinians today carry their Cross.
Students from the radical but modestly named Muslim Students Association, the (ironically) slightly less radical Islamic Jihad, and, at least before the revolution had taken complete hold, the Marxist Fedayin and the Communist Tudeh organizations stake their territories and pressure professors and administrators.