jihad

noun ji·had \ ji-ˈhäd , chiefly British -ˈhad \
variants: or less commonly
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of jihad

1 : a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also : a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline
2 : a crusade for a principle or belief

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Origin and Etymology of jihad

Arabic jihād

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JIHAD Defined for English Language Learners

jihad

noun

Definition of jihad for English Language Learners

  • : a war fought by Muslims to defend or spread their beliefs



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