Intifada meaning

ĭn'tə-fä'də
A protracted grassroots campaign of protest and sometimes violent resistance against perceived oppression or military occupation, especially either of two uprisings among Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, the first beginning in 1987 and the second in 2000, in protest against Israeli occupation of these territories.
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An uprising; specif., either of two insurrections (1987-93, 2000-05) of Palestinian Arabs against Israeli military forces in the occupied territories of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank of the Jordan.
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A violent uprising, such as the Arab violence against Israeli citizens in attempt to take over Israeli territory or the 2011 revolt against Assad's rule in Syria.
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Origin of intifada

  • Arabic intifāḍa shudder, awakening, uprising from intifaḍa to be shaken, wake up derived stem of nafaḍa to shake npṣ́ in Semitic roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Arabic انتفاضة (intifāḍa, “shaking off, uprising, insurrection”)
    From Wiktionary