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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20war. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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