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Shiʿah

or Shiʿa

[shee-uh] /ˈʃi ə/
noun, Islam.
1.
(used with a plural verb) the Shiʿites.
2.
(used with a singular verb) Shiʿite.
Origin of Shiʿah
1620-1630
1620-30; < Arabic shīʿah literally, sect

Shiʿite

[shee-ahyt] /ˈʃi aɪt/
noun, Islam.
1.
a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him.
Also, Shiite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shiʿi
[shee-ee, shee-ee] /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/ (Show IPA)
.
Compare Sunni (def 1).
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Related forms
Shiʿism
[shee-iz-uh m] /ˈʃi ɪz əm/ (Show IPA),
noun
Shiʿitic
[shee-it-ik] /ʃiˈɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • shi'a now became the State religion, and for two centuries held sway over Egypt.

    Travels in the Far East Ellen Mary Hayes Peck

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