shiah

Shiʿah

[shee-uh]
noun Islam.
1.
(used with a plural verb) the Shiʿites.
2.
(used with a singular verb) Shiʿite.
Also, Shiʿa.


Origin:
1620–30; < Arabic shīʿah literally, sect

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Shiah or Shia (ˈʃiːə)
 
n
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
 
adj
3.  designating or characteristic of this sect or its beliefs and practices
 
[C17: from Arabic shī`ah sect, from shā`a to follow]
 
Shia or Shia
 
n
 
adj
 
[C17: from Arabic shī`ah sect, from shā`a to follow]

Shiite or Shiah (ˈʃiːaɪt)
 
n
1.  an adherent of Shiah
 
adj
2.  of or relating to Shiah
 
Shiah or Shiah
 
n
 
adj
 
Shiitic or Shiah
 
adj

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