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jihad (ji-HAHD) noun

1. A holy war by Muslims against those believed hostile to Islam.

2. Any campaign for an idea or belief.

[From Arabic jihad (struggle).]

Another word that shares the same root as today's word is mujahed (guerrilla fighter), mujahedin is the plural form.

"Whether this will appease the Euro-sceptics, who see the beef war as the start of a jihad to rescue British sovereignty from Brussels, is doubtful, especially since the likely Florence framework will not include a firm timetable or be legally binding." John Palmer and Michael White, Ultimatum to Major in Beef War, The Guardian (London), Jun 18, 1996.

This week's theme: words having origins in Arabic.


Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. -Hal Borland, journalist (1900-1978)

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