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holy war

also Holy War
n.
A war declared or fought for a religious or high moral purpose, as to extend or defend a religion.
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holy war

n
a war waged in the cause of a religion
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ho′ly war`


n.
1. a war waged for what is supposed or proclaimed to be a holy purpose, as the defense of faith.
2. any disagreement or argument between fanatical proponents of radically differing beliefs, opinions, etc.: a holy war about welfare reform.
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Besides all this, he had read his Bible, including the apocryphal books; Poor Richard's Almanac, Taylor's Holy Living and Dying, The Pilgrim's Progress, with Bunyan's Life and Holy War, a great deal of Bailey's Dictionary, Valentine and Orson, and part of a History of Babylon, which Bartle Massey had lent him.
Sacred Cows, Holy Wars: Verities and Vagaries in Deciding What's Kosher and What's Not
The mufti also decried rhetoric likening the Syria conflict to a holy war. "We do not want to lose our youth and our unity, nor our coexistence, in holy wars that are waged against our peoples and countries.
Kell (Professor of Communication at Western Kentucky University), "The Exiled Generations: Legacies of the Southern Baptist Convention Holy Wars" is a collection of poignant testimonials by individuals whose parents and relatives were purged from or left the Southern Baptist Convention in the wake of the fundamentalist takeover beginning in 1980.
Summary: JEDDAH: A special court in Riyadh started Sunday the trial of 49 suspects accused of inciting sedition and encouraging youths to participate in holy wars abroad.
The core of The New Holy Wars (Holy Wars for short) expands the critique of environmentalism sketched in Religion.
Not only did he carry Allah's messages urging Muslims to fight and subjugate all unbelievers (including Jews and Christians), but he actively led his followers in a series of holy wars, and participated in the slaughter of opponents--on occasion, the execution of captives.
Later came the holy wars, inquisition, reformation and more bloodshed.
Ask the typical man on the street to relate what he knows about the Middle East and you're likely to hear only references to holy wars and terrorism.
First Crusader: Byzantium's Holy Wars. By Geoffrey Regan.
MIDLAND Muslims who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with the Taliban could be hired to fight holy wars across the globe if Government plans to legalise mercenaries get the green light.
These are places where political power and the majority faith are inseparable, where extremists scream for holy wars and for crushing "infidels," where religious leaders speak for - and sometimes assume the duties of - government officials.