Definition of intifada in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˌɪntɪˈfɑːdə


  • The Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The first intifada lasted from 1987 to 1993, and the second began in 2000.
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    • Over 350 people have died since the beginning of the intifada, or Palestinian uprising, three months ago.
    • The Palestinian intifada, or uprising, broke out two years ago this Saturday.
    • One in four of the Palestinians killed in the intifada uprising against Israel, for example, have been Christians.


Arabic intifāḍa 'an uprising' (literally 'a jumping up as a reaction to something'), from intifaḍa 'be shaken, shake oneself'.

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