fidaʽi

noun

fi·​daʽi
variants or fida'i or fidai
fiˈdäˌē
or less commonly fidawi
-äwē
or fedai
-äˌē
plural fidaʽis or fida'is or fidai or fidais also fidawi or fidawis or fedai or fedais
sometimes capitalized
: a member of an Ismaili order of assassins known for their willingness to offer up their lives in order to carry out delegated assignments of murdering appointed victims

Word History

Etymology

Persian fidā'ī

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“Fidaʽi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fida%CA%BDi. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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