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Wahhabi

[wuh-hah-bee, wah-] /wəˈhɑ bi, wɑ-/
noun, plural Wahhabis. Islam.
1.
a follower of ʿAbd al-Wahhab (1703–1792), who stringently opposed all practices not sanctioned by the Koran. The Wahhabis, founded in the 18th century, are the most conservative Muslim group and are today found mainly in Saudi Arabia.
Also, Wahabi, Wahhabee, Wahhabite, Wahabite
[wuh-hah-bahyt, wah-] /wəˈhɑ baɪt, wɑ-/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; < Arabic, equivalent to ʿAbd al-Wahhab + suffix of appurtenance
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British Dictionary definitions for wahabi

Wahhabi

/wəˈhɑːbɪ/
noun (pl) -bis
1.
a member of a strictly conservative Muslim sect founded in the 18th century with the aim of eliminating all innovations later than the 3rd century of Islam
Derived Forms
Wahhabism, Wahabism, noun
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Word Origin and History for wahabi

Wahabi

n.

1807, follower of Islamic fundamentalist Abd-el-Wahhab (1691-1787), from his name, with Arabic genitive suffix -i.

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