nounpl. ji·ha·dis, or ji·ha·dists
- One engaged in jihad, especially one engaged in armed opposition to Western influence and to secular governments and institutions in Muslim countries or areas with Muslim populations when such opposition is perceived as fanatical or employing means that are immoderate or unlawful.
- One considered to employ immoderate or unreasonable means in pursuit of an aim; a fanatic.
Origin of jihadiArabic jihādī relating to jihad, fighting from jihād jihad ; see jihad .