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

Other Words from jihadist

jihadist adjective

Examples of jihadist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than twenty Birmingham schools were investigated; no jihadist plot was found. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2022 Unconfirmed reports circulated that American forces were hunting a leader of the Islamic State or another local jihadist group. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 As has often been noted, of the four planes hijacked on 9/11, all had five-man jihadist teams except Flight 93. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 12 Mar. 2022 The jihadist’s conviction that the world is run by a capitalist, Jewish cabal explains why the 9/11 suicide hijackers expected the World Trade Center to be full of Jews. Juliana Geran Pilon, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 My hyperactive interpreter, who had been gesticulating and yapping throughout the tour, was no ordinary jihadist. Graeme Wood, The Atlantic, 3 Mar. 2022 Kaboré was re-elected in 2020 to a second five year term but was already losing the confidence of his countrymen in the war against jihadist insurgency. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 26 Jan. 2022 Beyond that, Ali is burdened by the destructive legacy of his notorious militant brother Qasim al-Raymi, the emir of al-Qaeda in Yemen, who was directly responsible for poaching Ali as a jihadist at 16 years of age. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 24 Jan. 2022 Some journalists would stop passers-by and ask to be introduced to a jihadist. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of jihadist

1967, in the meaning defined above

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“Jihadist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jihadist. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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