(used with a plural verb) the Shiʿites.
(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
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.
Also Shi·ite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shi·ʿi [shee-ee, shee-ee] /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/.
Compare Sunni(def 1).
Origin of Shiʿite
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