Shiite
Shiite Shi"ite, Shiah Shi"ah, n. [Ar. sh[=i]'a[=i]a follower of the sect of Ali, fr. sh[=i]'at, sh[=i]'ah, a multitude following one another in pursuit of the same object, the sect of Ali, fr. sh[=a]'a to follow.] A member of that branch of the Mohammedans to which the Persians belong. They reject the first three caliphs, and consider Ali as being the first and only rightful successor of Mohammed. They do not acknowledge the Sunna, or body of traditions respecting Mohammed, as any part of the law, and on these accounts are treated as heretics by the Sunnites, or orthodox Mohammedans. [1913 Webster]

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  • Shiite — [shē′īt΄] n. 〚Ar shīʿ a, followers, faction, sect < shāʿa, to spread, circulate〛 a member of one of the two great sects of Muslims: Shiites consider Ali, Mohammed s son in law and the fourth of the caliphs, as the first Imam and the rightful… …   Universalium

  • Shiite — 1728, a member of the Shia sect of Islam, from Shiah (1626) from Arabic shi ah partisans, followers, sect, company, faction (from sha a to follow ) + ite, Latin derived suffix denoting follower. Follower of the branch of Islam that recognizes Ali …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shiite — (also Shi ite) ► NOUN ▪ an adherent of the Shia branch of Islam. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to Shia. DERIVATIVES Shiism (also Shi ism) noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Shiite — [shē′īt΄] n. [Ar shīʿ a, followers, faction, sect < shāʿa, to spread, circulate] a member of one of the two great sects of Muslims: Shiites consider Ali, Mohammed s son in law and the fourth of the caliphs, as the first Imam and the rightful… …   English World dictionary

  • Shiite — UK [ˈʃiːaɪt] / US [ˈʃɪˌaɪt] noun [countable] Word forms Shiite : singular Shiite plural Shiites a Muslim who belongs to the Shia group within the religion of Islam Shiite Muslims …   English dictionary

  • shiite — chiite [ ʃiit ] adj. et n. VAR. chi ite, shiite • 1765; schiite 1697; ar. chî´î, de chî´a « parti, bande » ♦ Relig. Relatif à la secte musulmane des partisans d Ali et de ses descendants (opposé à sunnite). Mouvement chiite. N. Les chiites. ●… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Shiite — n. member of the Shi a Islam, member of the Shiite branch of Islam (who belive that Ali, the cousin of Muhammad and his descendants are the true successors of Muhammad) adj. of or pertaining to the Shi a Islam; of or pertaining to the Shiite… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Shiite — noun Date: 1728 a Muslim of the Shia branch of Islam • Shiite adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Shiite — Staaten mit einem islamischen Bevölkerungsanteil von mehr als 10 % Grün: sunnitische Gebiete, Rot: schiitische Gebiete, Blau: Ibaditen (Oman) Die Schia (arabisch ‏ شيعة …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Shiite — 1. adjective /ʃiːaɪt/ a) Of, or relating to Shiites or the Shia branch of Islam. b) Of, or relating the Shia branch of Islam. 2. noun /ʃiːaɪt/ A member of the Shia branch of Islam. Syn: Shiite Muslim …   Wiktionary

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