holy war


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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.

holy war

n
a war waged in the cause of a religion

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.
[1685–95]
Translations
pyhäsota
References in classic literature ?
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.
Reformation: Europe's Holy War BBC2, 9pm Historian David Starkey reveals how the Protestant Reformation unleashed fundamentalist beliefs, terror and holy war across Europe in a way that is all too familiar to many people today.
Among the rioters was Ekrima Sa'id Sabri, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a popular preacher in al Aqsa, and a Holocaust denier who energized the crowd with talk of holy war.
Summary: Struggling Texas preacher Jesse Custer will continue his holy war for 13 more episodes in AMC's TV hit
von Guttner-Sporzynski, Darius, Poland, Holy War, and the Piast Monarchy, 1100-1230 (Europa Sacra, 14), Turnhout, Brepols, 2014; hardback; pp.
NCMF Commissioner Ustadhz Esmail Ebrahim spoke with the Manila Bulletin to clarify the wide difference between jihad and holy war.
Summary: Fouad Belkacem, chief of Sharia4Belgium group, is convicted of radicalising, recruiting and dispatching young men to fight holy war.
While there were national and religious disparities (for example, where Orthodox Russians cast the war in traditional "crusade" language, British rhetoric emphasized a "war for Christian civilization"), a common religious vocabulary of sacrifice, holy war, divine mission/mandate, crusade, and cosmic battle, marked by both apocalyptic fears and millenarian hopes, was widely shared across national and faith-group boundaries.
Because what's happening here is a holy war of the Russian people for its own future, for its own ideals, for its children and its great country that 25 years ago was divided into pieces.
Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and the Old Testament Problem.
Lundbom recognizes that Holy War creates many theological problems, especially when some of its most offensive features are commanded by Yahweh.
Jihad al-nikah, permitting extramarital sexual relations with multiple partners, is considered by some hardline Sunni Muslim Salafists as a legitimate form of holy war.