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[wuh-hah-bee, wah-] /wəˈhɑ bi, wɑ-/
noun, plural Wahhabis. Islam.
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)
Origin of Wahhabi
1800-10; < Arabic, equivalent to ʿAbd al-Wahhab + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
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  • The new wahabi state was a close counterpart of the Meccan caliphate.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Why should he answer to a Mahratta laonee if he be wahabi—or Sikh?'

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • He was first ordered to quell the wahabi insurrection in Arabia, and his campaign there is alluded to in chap.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
  • Coffee-shops take the place of spirit and wine shops, which in the strict wahabi country would not be, for a moment, tolerated.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • Most of them, if not actually belonging to that strict sect of Arabians known as wahabi, have strong puritanical proclivities.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • Our host, we soon learnt, rather to our dismay, was a most rigid ascetic—a wahabi to the backbone.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • The mosques have neither domes nor minarets—a sign of the rigid wahabi influence which swept over Arabia.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • More heads came under his thumb, and he took more men with impunity by the beard, than even the chief of the wahabi himself.'

  • Soon the wahabi leaven began to produce profound disturbances in the most distant quarters.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for wahabi


noun (pl) -bis
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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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