Sufi

[soo-fee]
noun, plural Sufis.
1.
a member of an ascetic, mystical Muslim sect.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to Sufis or Sufism.

Origin:
< Arabic Ṣūfī, perhaps equivalent to ṣūf wool + suffix of appurtenance; so called from their garb

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Sufi (ˈsuːfɪ)
 
n , pl -fis
an adherent of any of various Muslim mystical orders or teachings, which emphasize the direct personal experience of God
 
[C17: from Arabic sūfīy, literally: (man) of wool, from sūf wool; probably from the ascetic's woollen garments]
 
'Sufic
 
adj

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Sufi
member of a Muslim mystical order, 1653 (earlier Sufian, 1585), from Arabic sufi, lit. "man of wool" (i.e., "man wearing woolen garments"), from suf "wool." So-called from the habit of "putting on the holy garment" (labs-as-suf) to devote oneself to mysticism.
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