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ji·had

 (jĭ-häd′)
n.
1. Islam An individual's striving for spiritual self-perfection.
2. Islam A Muslim holy war or spiritual struggle for the propagation or defense of Islam.
3. A campaign against perceived foes, especially such a campaign regarded as fanatical or immoderate: "The war against smoking is turning into a jihad against people who smoke" (Fortune).

[Arabic jihād, from jahada, to strive; see ghd in Semitic roots.]
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jihad

(dʒɪˈhæd) or

jehad

n
1. (Islam) Islam a holy war against infidels undertaken by Muslims in defence of the Islamic faith
2. (Islam) Islam the personal struggle of the individual believer against evil and persecution
3. rare a crusade in support of a cause
[C19: from Arabic jihād a conflict]
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ji•had

or je•had

(dʒɪˈhɑd)

n.
1. a holy war undertaken as a sacred duty by Muslims.
2. any vigorous, emotional crusade for an idea or principle.
[1865–70; < Arabic jihād struggle, strife]
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jihad

An Arabic word meaning conflict, used especially to mean a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jihad - a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels
war, warfare - the waging of armed conflict against an enemy; "thousands of people were killed in the war"
2.jihad - a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
nisus, pains, striving, strain - an effortful attempt to attain a goal
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Translations
jihad
ĝihado
jihad
džihad
dzsihád
jihad
遠征
jihad
džihad
jihad

jihad

[dʒɪˈhæd] N (Rel) → jihad f (guerra santa musulmana)
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jihad

[dʒiˈhæd] ndjihad m, jihad m
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jihad

n (Rel) → Dschihad m, → Heiliger Krieg
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References in classic literature ?
The main body of the British-Indian air-fleet perished upon a pyre of blazing antagonists in Burmah; the Germans were scattered in the great battle of the Carpathians; the vast peninsula of India burst into insurrection and civil war from end to end, and from Gobi to Morocco rose the standards of the "Jehad." For some weeks of warfare and destruction it seemed as though the Confederation of Eastern Asia must needs conquer the world, and then the jerry-built "modern" civilisation of China too gave way under the strain.