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Yazidi

or Yezidi

[yuh-zee-dee] /yəˈzi di/
noun
1.
a member of a religious sect living mostly in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, Syria, Armenia, and Georgia, whose beliefs are based partly on Zoroastrianism and Sufism.
Origin of Yazidi
of uncertain origin
Related forms
Yazidism, noun
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  • Yet withal there is a spice of fear in the contempt which is felt for the yezidis.

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  • The yezidis seem more callous to smoke even than the Kurds and Syrians.

    The Cradle of Mankind W.A. Wigram
  • One peculiar privilege, however, has recently been conceded to the yezidis.

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  • The yezidis render to Melek Isa a sort of secondary worship.

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  • The yezidis have a regular hierarchy of seven orders of priesthood.

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British Dictionary definitions for yezidis

Yezidis

/ˈjɛzɪdɪz/
plural noun
1.
a religious sect found in the Kurdish areas of Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, whose beliefs combine elements of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity, and other religions; in addition to believing in a Supreme God, the Yezidi worship seven angels, among whom is the devil, who is believed to have repented and been pardoned and reinstated as chief angel
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from Yazid or Ezid a name for God
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