Definitions for hamasˈhɑ mɑs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a Palestinian Islamic movement engaged in grass roots organizing and terrorism against Israel.
Origin of Hamas:
< Ar hamas, lit., zeal
Hamas, Islamic Resistance Movement(noun)
a militant Islamic fundamentalist political movement that opposes peace with Israel and uses terrorism as a weapon; seeks to create an Islamic state in place of Israel; is opposed to the PLO and has become a leading perpetrator of terrorist activity in Israel; pioneered suicide bombing
An Islamic militant organization that presses for an independent Palestinian state and abnegates the recognition of Israel.