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From Arabic غَازِي(ḡāzī), active participle of غَزَا(ḡazā, raid).



ghazi (plural ghazis or ghazies)

  1. A hero or champion, especially as a Muslim against non-Muslims; often used as a title.
    • 1887, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet, I:
      I should have fallen into the hands of the murderous Ghazis had it not been for the devotion and courage shown by Murray, my orderly, who threw me across a pack-horse, and succeeded in bringing me safely to the British lines.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 351:
      Then suddenly, an hour before first light, wave after wave of screaming tribesmen, led by suicide-bent Muslim fanatics known as ghazis, began to hurl themselves against the British positions.
    • 2001, Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red, tr. Erdağ M Göknar:
      On a particularly joyous day of the festivities, below Our Sultan’s loge overlooking the Hippodrome, a division of impoverished frontier ghazis appeared in tattered clothes.