- a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him.
Also Shi·ite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shi·ʿi [shee-ee, shee-ee] /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/.
Compare Sunni(def 1).
Origin of Shiʿite
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Examples from the Web for shiites
It's all about slaughtering Shiites, like, you know, the Iranians.
Meanwhile Shiites who put their faith in Tehran are being slaughtered en masse.
The Kurds are already doing so in the north, and many Shiites are doing so in the south.Iraq Is Vietnam 2.0 And U.S. Drones Won’t Solve The Problem
Leslie H. Gelb
June 12, 2014
In the case of Hezbollah, it is the biggest Lebanese sectarian community—the Shiites, among whom they are the unrivaled leaders.Is Syria Being 'Lebanized' or is Lebanon Being 'Syrianized'?
August 29, 2013
In Iraq, there is a real concern over the emergence of Alnusra Front and Salafists who are most averse to Shiites in the region.The Future Uncertain: An Iraqi on His Country
John Kael Weston
April 25, 2013
Shiites Mohammedanism rests upon two pillars one of which is Darwishes.Modern Persia
Mooshie G. Daniel
The Persian and heterodox party (the Shiites) insisted on heredity.
Among the moderate Shiites, who had more than one point of contact with the Sufis, it is not a question of sorcery at all.Mystics and Saints of Islam
The sects of Islam are many, the two chief being the Shiites and the Sunnites.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets
Except with the Shiites, who have never acknowledged it, there is no open rebellion against it.