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Definition of "jihad" []

  • Islam An individual's striving for spiritual self-perfection. (noun)
  • Islam A Muslim holy war or spiritual struggle against infidels. (noun)
  • A crusade or struggle: "The war against smoking is turning into a jihad against people who smoke” ( Fortune). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jihad" in a sentence
  • "A British Muslim women's group has launched a "jihad against violence", in a bid to reclaim the term jihad from extremists."
  • "Aman Mojadidi Mr. Mojadidi's use of the word jihad in his work is no coincidence."
  • "AB: The martial quality suggested by the term jihad also is found in much Buddhist terminology."