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Shiʿah

or Shi·ʿa

[shee-uh]
noun Islam.
  1. (used with a plural verb) the Shiʿites.
  2. (used with a singular verb) Shiʿite.
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Origin of Shiʿah

First recorded in 1620–30, Shiʿah is from the Arabic word shīʿah literally, sect

Shiʿite

[shee-ahyt]
noun Islam.
  1. a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him.
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Also Shi·ite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shi·ʿi [shee-ee, shee-ee] /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/.
Compare Sunni(def 1).

Origin of Shiʿite

Related formsShi·ʿism [shee-iz-uh m] /ˈʃi ɪz əm/, nounShi·ʿit·ic [shee-it-ik] /ʃiˈɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of shi'a

  • Constantia, kon-stan′shi-a, n. a wine produced around Constantia in Cape Colony.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

    Various

  • Fuchsia, fū′shi-a, a plant with long pendulous flowers, native to South America.