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ayatollah

[ ah-yuh-toh-luh ]
/ ˌɑ yəˈtoʊ lə /
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noun
(among Shiʿites) a title in the religious hierarchy achieved by scholars who have demonstrated highly advanced knowledge of Islamic law and religion.
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Origin of ayatollah

1975–80; <Persian <Arabic āyat allāh sign of God; cf. Allah

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ayatollah
/ (ˌaɪəˈtɒlə) /

noun
one of a class of Iranian Shiite religious leaders

Word Origin for ayatollah

via Persian from Arabic, from aya sign + Allah god
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