- a member of the Ismaʿiliya sect.
Also Is·ma·ʿil·i [is-mey-il-ee] /ˌɪs meɪˈɪl i/.
Origin of Ismaʿilian
1830–40; < Arabic ismāʿīlī (equivalent to Ismāʿīl (died a.d. 760), elder son of the imam Jaʿfar, but disinherited by his father + -ī suffix of appurtenance) + -an
Also called Sevener.
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Examples from the Web for ismaili
He was Ismaili, a Shia sect, but this was no time for accuracy.Death on Killer Mountain
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It is very likely that some of them may find their way here; if so, I shall get Ismaili to allow them to work for their food.
Hasan, brought up in this atmosphere of duplicity, was therefore well fitted to play the Machiavellian rôle of an Ismaili Dai.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements
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Believers, but apparently only believers of the Ismaili faith, after a term of training enter a state of perfection.
- a Shiah sect whose adherents believe that Ismail, son of the sixth imam, was the rightful seventh imam
- Also called: Ismailian (ˌɪzmɑːɪˈliːən) plural -lis a member of this sect
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