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ʿAlawite

[al-uh-weet, al-uh-weet] /ˈæl əˌwit, ˌæl əˈwit/
noun, Islam.
1.
a member of a Shiʿite sect inhabiting the coastal district of Latakia in northwest Syria.
Also, ʿAlawi
[al-uh-wee] /ˈæl ə wi/ (Show IPA)
.
Also called Nusairi.
Origin
< Arabic ʿAlawī + -ite1
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Alaouite

/ˈæləˌwiːt/
noun
1.
a member of a Shiite sect of Syrian Muslims
adjective
2.
of or relating to this sect
Word Origin
via French from Arabic, from 'alaoui upper, celestial, from 'ala (vb) to excel, surpass
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