ji·​had·​ist | \ ji-ˈhä-dist How to pronounce jihadist (audio) , chiefly British -ˈha- \

Definition of jihadist

: a Muslim who advocates or participates in a jihad

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jihadist adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web Acknowledging these offensive cyber campaigns was a cheap way of demonstrating counter-terrorism prowess during a wave of jihadist attacks in Europe. The Economist, "Use the force Britain puts a new offensive cyber force at the heart of its defence," 1 Dec. 2020 The Salafi jihadist terrorist groups are different from other kinds of terrorist groups, are different from other kind of Islamic terrorist groups, are different from other kinds of Sunni Islamic terrorist groups. CBS News, "Biggest factor in U.S.-Middle East relations is perception that U.S. is withdrawing," 6 Jan. 2021 Boko Haram, Nigeria’s jihadist rebels, claimed responsibility for the Dec. 11 kidnappings, which took place in Kankara, in Katsina state, but the government later said the abduction was carried out by bandit groups rampant in the northwest. Carley Petesch, The Christian Science Monitor, "Dual kidnappings show shifting security situation in Nigeria," 21 Dec. 2020 The bombing has been claimed by Somalia’s al-Shabab jihadist rebels, according to the group’s Andalus radio station. Hassan Barise, ajc, "Somalia suicide bombing kills 15, misses prime minister," 18 Dec. 2020 Unlike in Mali, where the United Nations has 13,000 peacekeepers, the army has had to face the jihadist insurgency largely on its own. Simon Gongo, Bloomberg.com, "Burkina Faso Presidential Election Marred by Islamist Threat," 22 Nov. 2020 But the reality is that Africa’s largest land force—a strong U.S. counterterrorism ally—is struggling to contain a 10-year jihadist rebellion that has metastasized into a complex multidimensional conflict of overlapping militant groups. Joe Parkinson And Gbenga Akingbule, WSJ, "Nigeria Horrified Over Abducted Schoolboys, as Parents Anxiously Wait," 16 Dec. 2020 While several groups of bandits are active there, the groups known to kidnap for ransom have links to the jihadist group Boko Haram and its breakaway faction, the Islamic State’s West Africa Province, known as ISWAP. Sam Olukoya, Anchorage Daily News, "Over 300 students still missing in Nigeria after gunmen attack school," 14 Dec. 2020 Others look beyond America to terrorism in Sri Lanka, the Troubles in Ireland, and the jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Best Political Fiction To Read After This Tumultuous Year," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of jihadist

1967, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jan 2021

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“Jihadist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jihadist. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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