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A struggle to maintain faith (4,3)


I believe the answer is:

holy war

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'faith' is the definition.
Both the answer and definition are singular nouns.
Perhaps there's an association between them I don't understand?

'a struggle to maintain' is the wordplay.
'a struggle' becomes 'war' (I've seen this in another clue).
'to' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other) (I've seen this in other clues).
'maintain' becomes 'holy' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'war' put after 'holy' is 'HOLY WAR'.

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(Other definitions for holy war that I've seen before include "Jihad" , "Religious conflict" .)

I've seen this clue in The Irish News.
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