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jihad definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels [syn: jihad, jehad, international jihad]
2: a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal [syn: jihad, jehad]

Merriam Webster's

also jehad noun Etymology: Arabic jih?d Date: 1869 1. a holy war waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty; also a personal struggle in devotion to Islam especially involving spiritual discipline 2. a crusade for a principle or belief

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also jehad) a holy war undertaken by Muslims against unbelievers. Etymology: Arab. jihad

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Jihad Ji*had", Jehad Je*had", n. [Ar. jih[=a]d.] (Moham.) A religious war against infidels or Mohammedan heretics; also, any bitter war or crusade for a principle or belief. [Their] courage in war . . . had not, like that of the Mohammedan dervishes of the Sudan, or of Mohammedans anywhere engaged in a jehad, a religious motive and the promise of future bliss behind it. --James Bryce.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

A jihad is a holy war which Islam allows Muslims to fight against those who reject its teachings. N-SING



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