- Islam a religious and legal decree or edict issued by a council of religious leaders
- loosely a death sentence imposed through, or as through, such a decree
Origin of fatwaArabic
Origin of fatwaArabic fatwa, legal opinion; see ptw in Semitic roots.
(plural fatwas or fatawa)
(third-person singular simple present fatwas, present participle fatwaing, simple past and past participle fatwaed)
- (rare) To make somebody the subject of a fatwa, especially a ban or death sentence.
Arabic فتوى (fatwā), a formal legal opinion.