Definition of jihad noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also jehad) noun
    BrE BrE//dʒɪˈhɑːd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒɪˈhɑːd//
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  1. 1(in Islam) a spiritual struggle within yourself to stop yourself breaking religious or moral laws
  2. 2a holy war fought by Muslims to defend Islam
  3. Word Originfrom Arabic jihād, literally ‘effort’, expressing, in Muslim thought, struggle on behalf of God and Islam.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: jihad