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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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I had the privilege to be present in Artsakh many times during the decade of the struggle for freedom and self-determination, working as a volunteer doctor at the military hospital in Stepanakert, the children's hospital and elsewhere, helping the 'fedayin' defence soldiers and the population.
L'OLP etait alors en pleine phase ascendante et, a travers le monde, les fedayin etaient le symbole du courage et de la tenacite.
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." As Christians once considered themselves the new Israel, so some Palestinians deem themselves the new Jews.
He complained about "fedayin attacks upon Israel, which "reached their climax in 1967 on the eve of the Six-Day War, with an attempt to strangle Israel." As for the Palestinians, "the closer we get to a peace agreement with them, the more they are distancing themselves from peace...a great many people are telling us that withdrawal is the key to peace with the Palestinians, but the fact is that all our withdrawals were met with huge waves of suicide bombers," he said.
London/Lahore, Mar.4 (ANI): The attacks on Mumbai (November 26, 2008) and Lahore (March 3, 2009) should be seen as classic "Fedayin" assaults - suicidal rather suicide - taught in Lashkar's training camps by ISI officers, The Times says in an analysis.
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.