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- proper n. An Islamic militant organization that presses for an independent Palestinian state and abnegates the recognition of Israel.
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- n. a militant Islamic fundamentalist political movement that opposes peace with Israel and uses terrorism as a weapon; seeks to create an Islamic state in place of Israel; is opposed to the PLO and has become a leading perpetrator of terrorist activity in Israel; pioneered suicide bombing
From Arabic حماس (ḥamās), an acronym (meaning literally ‘enthusiasm’) for حركة المقاومة الاسلامية (ḥarakat al-muqāwama al-islāmīya) ‘Islamic Resistance Movement’. (Wiktionary)