SKIP TO CONTENT

intifada

An intifada is an organized rebellion against an authority. The word is most often used to talk about the two Palestinian intifadas against the Israeli government.

Intifada is from the Arabic intafada, "to shake off." It was first used for a 1952 Iraqi uprising against that country's monarchy. A rebellion in 1987, in which Palestinians demonstrated against the Israeli government, attempting to "shake off" Israel’s presence in the West Bank and Gaza, is known as the First Intifada. It was followed by the Second Intifada in 2000, after a peace summit failed to end in agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

Definitions of intifada
  1. noun
    an uprising by Palestinian Arabs (in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank) against Israel in the late 1980s and again in 2000
    synonyms: intifadah
    see moresee less
    type of:
    insurrection, rebellion, revolt, rising, uprising
    organized opposition to authority; a conflict in which one faction tries to wrest control from another
Word Family
EDITOR'S CHOICE
F1 image

Express yourself in 25 languages

  • Learn immersively - no memorization required
  • Build skills for real-world conversations
  • Get immediate feedback on your pronunciation
Get started for $7.99/month