holy war


Definition of holy war

: a war or violent campaign waged often by religious extremists for what is considered to be a holy purpose

First Known Use of holy war

1639, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of holy war was in 1639

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holy war


English Language Learners Definition of holy war

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

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to deny responsibility for

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