Jihad definition

jĭ-häd
(islam) An individual's striving for spiritual self-perfection.
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(islam) A Muslim holy war or spiritual struggle for the propagation or defense of Islam.
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A campaign against perceived foes, especially such a campaign regarded as fanatical or immoderate.
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A fanatical campaign for or against an idea, etc.
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(Islam) A holy war undertaken by Muslims.
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An aggressive campaign for an idea.
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(theology) A personal spiritual struggle for self-improvement and against evil.
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A war by Muslims against unbelievers or enemies of Islam, carried out as a religious duty.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jihad
Plural:
jihads

Origin of jihad

  • Arabic jihād from jahada to strive ghd in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic جهاد (jihād, “struggle; effort”).

    From Wiktionary