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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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The book's controversial text reads, "The fedayeen (independent fighters willing to sacrifice themselves) started to attack the British camps.
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He initially retaliated by ordering fedayeen attacks on Israel and later by negotiating a major arms deal with the Soviet Union to offset Israel's military preponderance.
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But the boldness of the 'fedayeen' -- freedom fighters -- now began to grow rapidly.
PNN On Palestinian Independence Day, Nablus Stadium had the honor of receiving the South African national team--the memorable Bafana Bafana of the 2010 World Cup--for a match against the Palestinian national team, the Fedayeen. The match ended a 1-1 draw.
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