- 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 Wa·ha·bi, Wah·ha·bee, Wah·ha·bite, Wa·ha·bite [wuh-hah-bahyt, wah-] /wəˈhɑ baɪt, wɑ-/.
Origin of Wahhabi
1800–10; < Arabic, equivalent to ʿAbd al-Wahhab + -ī suffix of appurtenance
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Examples from the Web for wahabi
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The new Wahabi state was a close counterpart of the Meccan caliphate.The New World of Islam
Why should he answer to a Mahratta laonee if he be Wahabi—or Sikh?'Soldiers Three
He was first ordered to quell the Wahabi insurrection in Arabia, and his campaign there is alluded to in chap.Eothen
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Coffee-shops take the place of spirit and wine shops, which in the strict Wahabi country would not be, for a moment, tolerated.
Most of them, if not actually belonging to that strict sect of Arabians known as Wahabi, have strong puritanical proclivities.
- 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
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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.
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