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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If not for the fact that Iran is ruled by revolutionary jihadists committed to exporting their repressive system, the prospect of nuclear arms would concern us far less. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "For Regime Change in Iran," 29 June 2019 The YouTube videos and WhatsApp texts from the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram were making the rounds. Robert Draper, National Geographic, "Surrounded by chaos, Niger is a nation on the edge," 17 June 2019 After sweeping into Iraq, the jihadists of ISIS tweeted pictures of a bulldozer crashing through the Syria-Iraq border. Robert Irwin, The New York Review of Books, "Malise Ruthven," 7 Feb. 2019 The Peuhl are accused of working alongside jihadists from the Islamic State of Greater Sahara to attack Dogon villages and prevent them from cultivating their land. Baba Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Militia head refutes his group responsible for Mali massacre," 25 Mar. 2019 In lethality, the jihadists in Africa have already overtaken their Iraqi comrades. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 Nigeria is still trying to shake off the 2014 oil-price collapse, while fighting Boko Haram jihadists in the northeast and facing violent clashes over farmland in its center. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Extreme Poverty Concentrates in Sub-Saharan Africa," 18 Sep. 2018 In February 1989, the Soviets finished their withdrawal from Afghanistan, helping to make a hero of an obscure jihadist named Osama bin Laden. Margaret Macmillan, WSJ, "1989: The Year of Unfulfilled Hopes," 28 Dec. 2018 Fear of Sunni jihadists and Iranian reprisals—as well as the lack of congressional authorization for lethal covert action—has frustrated ambitions for a U.S. campaign to bleed the Shiite empire through low-cost guerrillas. Reuel Marc Gerecht, WSJ, "Tehran Counts on a Divided West," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of jihadist

1967, in the meaning defined above

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