Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One engaged in jihad, especially one engaged in armed opposition to Western influence and to secular governments and institutions in Muslim countries or areas with Muslim populations when such opposition is perceived as fanatical or employing means that are immoderate or unlawful.
  • noun One considered to employ immoderate or unreasonable means in pursuit of an aim; a fanatic.

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  • noun A jihadist, a mujahid
  • adjective pertaining to jihad or jihadism, jihadist

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  • adjective of or relating to a jihad

Etymologies

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

[Arabic jihādī, relating to jihad, fighting, from jihād, jihad; see jihad.]

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jihad +‎ -i, after Arabic جهادي jihādī. Both the noun and the adjective are in occasional use since the 1960s. The adjective is used attributively only, as in "jihadi activism", "jihadi groups", etc.

Examples

  • In my speech I did not name anyone as a criminal, nor did I use the word jihadi or even mujahideen—but the Afghan people knew exactly whom I was talking about.

    A Woman Among Warlords

  • The Indians have gotten along for decades with the term jihadi, since it expresses very simply and concretely what these people are on about: waging jihad.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Islamofascism:

  • The trial began of a man who admitted firing on a military recruiting station, in what he calls a "jihadi operation."

    What's News: World-Wide

  • And al-Qaeda also realized that in jihadi chat rooms it could find precisely what it most needed to maintain its ranks of recruits and suicide bombers: impressionable young Muslim men (and some women), many of them second-generation immigrants living in the United States and Europe.

    Jihad 2.0

  • And al-Qaeda also realized that in jihadi chat rooms it could find precisely what it most needed to maintain its ranks of recruits and suicide bombers: impressionable young Muslim men (and some women), many of them second-generation immigrants living in the United States and Europe.

    Jihad 2.0

  • They do have long term goals and the ideology is very clear, but what prompted that mutation, is what I call the jihadi debate of the early 1990s in Khartoum.

    Political Mavens

  • She was the true "jihadi" - every time her patients heard Fox News talk about Moozlums and

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • The jihadi was a typical Mohanese—barely more than five foot three, probably a buck and a quarter soaking wet.

    Gideon’s war

  • The jihadi was a typical Mohanese—barely more than five foot three, probably a buck and a quarter soaking wet.

    Gideon’s war

  • The jihadi was a typical Mohanese—barely more than five foot three, probably a buck and a quarter soaking wet.

    Gideon’s war

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