ismaili

Ismaʿilian

[is-mey-il-ee-uhn]
noun Islam.
a member of the Ismaʿiliya sect.
Also, Ismaʿili [is-mey-il-ee] .
Also called Sevener.


Origin:
1830–40; < Arabic ismāʿīlī (equivalent to Ismāʿīl (died a.d. 760), elder son of the imam Jaʿfar, but disinherited by his father + suffix of appurtenance) + -an

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Ismaili or Isma'ili (ˌɪzmɑːˈiːlɪ)
 
n , -lis
1.  a Shiah sect whose adherents believe that Ismail, son of the sixth imam, was the rightful seventh imam
2.  Also called: Ismailian a member of this sect
 
Isma'ili or Isma'ili (ˌɪzmɑːˈiːlɪ, ˌɪzmɑːɪˈliːən)
 
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