from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hussein 1935-1999. King of Jordan (1953-1999) who established a constitutional hereditary monarchy and espoused a moderate, generally pro-Western policy in the Middle East. He lost control of western Jordan in the Arab-Israeli War (1967) but was victorious in the resulting civil war (1970).
  • Hussein, Saddam 1937-2006. Iraqi military and political leader who became president of Iraq in 1979. He waged war against Iran (1980-1988), and his invasion and occupation of Kuwait (1990) led to the Gulf War (1991). He was deposed in a U.S.-led invasion of Iraq (2003), convicted of crimes against humanity, and executed.

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  • proper n. Alternative spelling of Husayn.

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  • n. king of Jordan credited with creating stability at home and seeking peace with Israel (1935-1999)
  • n. Iraqi leader who waged war against Iran; his invasion of Kuwait led to the Gulf War (born in 1937)


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