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Hus·sein 1

or Hu·sain or Hu·sayn  (ho͞o-sān′) 626-680.
The grandson of Muhammad and son of Fatima and Ali, revered by Shiites as the third imam.

Hus·sein 2

or Hu·sain or Hu·sayn  (ho͞o-sān′) Full name King Hussein bin Talal. 1935-1999.
King of Jordan (1953-1999) who established a constitutional hereditary monarchy and espoused a moderate, generally pro-Western policy in the Middle East. He lost western Jordan to Israel in the Six-Day War (1967) but was later instrumental in negotiating the Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace (1994).
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Hussein

(hʊˈseɪn)
n
1. (Biography) Also: Husain 1935–99, king of Jordan (1952–99)
2. (Biography) Saddam (sæˈdæm). 1937–2006, Iraqi politician: president (1979–2003) and prime minister (1994–2003) of Iraq. He led Iraq into the Iran-Iraq War (1980–88) and the Gulf War (1991) but was deposed and captured in the US-led invasion of 2003; executed 2006
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Hus•sein1

(hʊˈseɪn)
n.
(Hussein bin Tal Abdullah al-Hashem), 1935–99, king of Jordan 1952–99.

Hus•sein2

(hʊˈseɪn)

n.
Sad•dam (ˈsɑ dəm, səˈdɑm) (at-Takriti), born 1937, president of Iraq since 1979.
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Noun1.Hussein - Iraqi leader who waged war against IranHussein - Iraqi leader who waged war against Iran; his invasion of Kuwait led to the Gulf War (born in 1937)
2.Hussein - king of Jordan credited with creating stability at home and seeking peace with Israel (1935-1999)
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References in classic literature ?
"No jackal, but Abu Hussein the father of cunning."
Abu Hussein, misnamed the Father of Cunning, drank from the river below his earth, and his shadow was long in the low sun.
The Inspector, who was not yet twenty-five, signified his assent in the usual manner, while Abu Hussein barked at the vast desert moon.
Abu Hussein, under the high bank, went about his night's work.
The pack flew off the barge in every direction, and, after gambols, dug like terriers at Abu Hussein's many earths.
"Henceforward I will give one dollar to the man on whose land Abu Hussein is found.
"Our Excellency," a man stepped forth, "on my land Abu Hussein was found this morning.
The hounds tore and sobbed at Abu Hussein's hearthstone, all unnoticed among the legs of the witnesses, and Gihon, also accustomed to laws, purred approval.
"Oh, Such an one; Son of such an one," said the Governor, prompted by the Sheikh, "learn, from the day when I send the order, to block up all the holes where Abu Hussein may hide on--thy--land!"
"An evil day for thee, Abu Hussein," he shrilled into the mouth of the earth.
He met her rounding his bends on grey December dawns to music wild and lamentable as the almost forgotten throb of Dervish drums, when, high above Royal's tenor bell, sharper even than lying Beagle-boy's falsetto break, Farag chanted deathless war against Abu Hussein and all his seed.
Who remembers the kill in the market-place, when the Governor bade the assembled sheikhs and warriors observe how the hounds would instantly devour the body of Abu Hussein; but how, when he had scientifically broken it up, the weary pack turned from it in loathing, and Farag wept because he said the world's face had been blackened?