ji·​had | \ ji-ˈhäd, chiefly British -ˈhad\
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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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Murder suspect on 'jihad' against US policy in Middle East admits to N.J. armed robbery. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Stormy Daniels' Trump affair story has storm clouds; Inflated 'March for Our Lives' numbers?," 26 Mar. 2018 This is a list of girls who have become victims of love jihad. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "A Muslim and a Hindu thought they could be a couple. Then came the ‘love jihad’ hit list.," 26 Apr. 2018 Under Levant, The Rebel has become a global platform for an extreme anti-Muslim ideology known as counter-jihad. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Steve King endorses a bona fide white supremacist for Toronto mayor," 18 Oct. 2018 As part of the plea, Damache admitted to training a child to prepare for jihad. Claudia Lauer, The Seattle Times, "Algerian tied to cartoonist death plot guilty of terrorism," 23 July 2018 In recent years, the Islamic State affiliate has recruited heavily from the region, arming Peul men in return for their participation in jihad. Eric Schmitt, BostonGlobe.com, "Niger ambush suspect may be in custody," 16 Apr. 2018 Regime propaganda presented the war as a test of national character through glorious jihad. Eliora Katz, WSJ, "Iranians Are Now Chanting ‘Death to Palestine’," 13 July 2018 Meanwhile, as many as 1,910 French nationals have gone to wage jihad in Iraq and Syria, according to the Soufan Center, which studies radicalization. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Struggling to prevent terrorist attacks, France wants to ‘reform’ Islam," 17 Apr. 2018 With a stuttering economy and a reputation for fostering jihad against its neighbors, the troubled nation needs a dose of introspection. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of jihad

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for jihad

Arabic jihād

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

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