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Shiʿah

[shee-uh] /ˈʃi ə/
noun, Islam.
1.
(used with a plural verb) the Shiʿites.
2.
(used with a singular verb) Shiʿite.
Also, Shiʿa.
Origin
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).
Origin
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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British Dictionary definitions for shia

Shiah

/ˈʃiːə/
noun
1.
one of the two main branches of Islam (the other being the Sunni), making up a tenth or more of the entire Muslim population, and forming the majority in Iran and Iraq, which regards Mohammed's cousin Ali and his successors as the true imams
2.
another name for Shiite
adjective
3.
designating or characteristic of this sect or its beliefs and practices
Word Origin
C17: from Arabic shī`ah sect, from shā`a to follow
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Word Origin and History for shia
Shia
1626, a collective name for one of the two great Muslim sects (see Shiite). This is the proper use, but it commonly is used to mean "a Shiite." In Arabic, shi'ah is the name of the sect, shiya'iy is a member of the sect.
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