shiʿism

Shiʿite

[shee-ahyt]
noun Islam.
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] .
Compare Sunni ( def 1 ).


Origin:
Shiʿah + -ite1

Shiʿism [shee-iz-uhm] , noun
Shiʿitic [shee-it-ik] , adjective
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