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holy war

noun

Simple Definition of holy war

  • : a war that is fought to defend or spread one group's religious beliefs

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of holy war

  1. :  a war or violent campaign waged by religious partisans to propagate or defend their faith

1639

First Known Use of holy war

1639


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