Definition of holy war in English:

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holy war

Pronunciation: /ˈhōlē wô(ə)r/

noun

A war declared or waged in support of a religious cause.
Example sentences
  • Moreover, by papal decree, the monarchs of Spain and Portugal were commanded to wage a holy war to support this missionary endeavour.
  • The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics.
  • In thousands of journal articles and scholarly monographs Christianity's holy wars have been probed, analyzed, and debated.

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Syllabification: ho·ly war

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