or Ba·ha·i, Ba·hā·ʾī
[ buh-hah-ee, -hahy ]
/ bəˈhɑ i, -ˈhaɪ /
noun, plural Ba·ha·ʾis.
a religion founded in Iran in 1863 by Husayn ʿAlī (called Bahaullah), teaching the essential worth of all religions, the unity of all peoples, and the equality of the sexes.
an adherent of Bahaʾi.
of or relating to Bahaʾi or Bahaʾis.
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Origin of Bahaʾi
<Persian <Arabic bahāʾ (Allāh) Bahaullah, literally, splendor (of God) + -ī suffix of appurtenance
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British Dictionary definitions for Bahaʾi
/ (bəˈhɑːɪ) /
an adherent of the Baha'í Faith
of or relating to the Baha'í Faith
Word Origin for Baha'í
from Persian bahā'ī, literally: of glory, from bahā' u'llāh glory of God, from Arabic
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Cultural definitions for Bahaʾi
[ (bah-hah-ee, buh-heye) ]
A teacher or follower of Bahaism, a religion advocating universal peace and stressing the spiritual unity of humankind. It was founded in 1863 in Persia as an offshoot of an earlier sect called Babism.
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