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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

  • The Khan was a person of refinement and culture; he was very tolerant, and to him Sunnite or Shi-ite was the same thing.

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  • I squatted down, unheeded in the midst of the crowd of hungry Shi-ite and Sunnite pilgrims.