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A protracted grassroots campaign of protest and sometimes violent resistance against perceived oppression or military occupation, especially either of two uprisings among Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, the first beginning in 1987 and the second in 2000, in protest against Israeli occupation of these territories.

[Arabic intifāḍa, shudder, awakening, uprising, from intifaḍa, to be shaken, wake up, derived stem of nafaḍa, to shake; see npṣ́ in Semitic roots.]


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the Palestinian uprising against Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that started at the end of 1987
[C20: Arabic, literally: uprising]


(ˌɪn təˈfɑ də)
(sometimes cap.) a revolt begun in December 1987 by Palestinian Arabs to protest Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
[1980–85; < Arabic intifāḍa literally, a shaking off]


1. An Arabic word meaning uprising, used to mean the Palestinian uprising against Israel beginning in 1987.
2. The Arab name for the uprising against Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.
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Noun1.intifada - an uprising by Palestinian Arabs (in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) against Israel in the late 1980s and again in 2000; "the first intifada ended when Israel granted limited autonomy to the Palestine National Authority in 1993"
insurrection, revolt, uprising, rising, rebellion - organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another


[ˌɪntɪˈfɑːdə] Nintifada f
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