in·​ti·​fa·​da | \ ˌin-tə-ˈfä-də How to pronounce intifada (audio) \
plural intifadas

Definition of intifada

: uprising, rebellion specifically : an armed uprising of Palestinians against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip I was a college student at Tufts University in December 1987, when the first Palestinian intifada began. — Hady Amr … in 2000, the second intifada struck with the force of an earthquake. As Palestinians fought Israeli troops, the West Bank became all but ungovernable. — Karen E. Lange

Examples of intifada in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And as the first intifada, or Palestinian uprising, raged back home, he was relieved to find a congregation that seemed closer to his center-left views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. New York Times, 13 May 2022 During the second Palestinian intifada in the early 2000s, Abu Akleh stayed in Jenin even after Israeli forces retook the city from Palestinian fighters and restricted press access. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 And the other one, of course, is as the CT chief in the military intelligence, the second intifada. CBS News, 4 May 2022 The Jenin refugee camp was the scene of one of the deadliest battles of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, 20 years ago. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 8 Apr. 2022 Nahr falls for Bilal, who has a longer history with resistance than the others, dating back to before the first intifada, and who, at one point, wanted to join the P.L.O. Rozina Ali, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2021 Palestinians, frustrated over failures to create a Palestinian state, begin the second intifada in September, which lasts until February 2005. USA Today, 20 May 2021 The Jenin refugee camp was the scene of one of the deadliest battles of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising. Joseph Krauss, ajc, 31 Mar. 2022 To the medics on the scene, the attack drew echoes of the second intifada, a Palestinian uprising that set off wave of violence from 2000 to 2005 that killed more than 1,000 Israelis and 3,000 Palestinians. New York Times, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intifada

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for intifada

Arabic intifāḍa, literally, the act of shaking off

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“Intifada.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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