fedayee fedayee n.; pl. {fedayeen}. [(1950-1955). Ar. fid[=a]'[imac], one who sacrifices himself.] a member of an Arab paramilitary organization, predominantly Palestinian, which performs commando raids, especially against Israel or Israeli targets. Usually used in the plural. [PJC]

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