Definition of jihad in English:

jihad

(also jehad)

noun

also lesser jihad
Islam
  • 1A struggle or fight against the enemies of Islam.

    ‘he declared a jihad against the infidels’
    [mass noun] ‘the importance of jihad as a uniting force’
    conflict, warfare, combat, fighting, struggle, armed conflict, action, military action, bloodshed, contest, tussle
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    1. 1.1also greater jihad The spiritual struggle within oneself against sin.

Origin

From Arabic jihād, literally effort expressing, in Muslim thought, struggle on behalf of God and Islam.

Pronunciation:

jihad

/jəˈhäd/