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or Bahai, Bahāʾī

[buh-hah-ee, -hahy] /bəˈhɑ i, -ˈhaɪ/
noun, plural Bahaʾis.
a religion founded in Iran in 1863 by Husayn ʿAlī (called Bahaullah), teaching the essential worth of all religions, the unity of all peoples, and the equality of the sexes.
an adherent of Bahaʾi.
of or relating to Bahaʾi or Bahaʾis.
Origin of Bahaʾi
< Persian < Arabic bahāʾ (Allāh) Bahaullah, literally, splendor (of God) + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Word Origin and History for baha'i


1889, mystical, tolerant Iranian religion founded by a Mirza Ali Mohammed ibn Radhik, Shiraz merchant executed for heresy in 1850, and named for his leading disciple, Baha Allah (Persian "splendor of God;" ultimately from Arabic). It also is sometimes called Babism, after the name taken by the founder, Bab-ed-Din, "gate of the faith."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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baha'i in Culture
Baha'i [(bah-hah-ee, buh-heye)]

A teacher or follower of Bahaism, a religion advocating universal peace and stressing the spiritual unity of humankind. It was founded in 1863 in Persia as an offshoot of an earlier sect called Babism.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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