- 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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Examples from the Web for shiite
A Shiite stronghold wrapped in a Sunni explosive belt—not exactly a picture of stability.The Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most
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Allying themselves with the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, some Lebanese Christians are standing their ground against ISIS.Lebanese Christians Gun Up Against ISIS
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Last month, the three largest Shiite militias told President Obama not to send ground troops into Iraq.Iran Orders Elite Troops: Lay Off U.S. Forces in Iraq
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In the United Kingdom, 100 Sunni and Shiite Imams have joined together to condemn ISIS.Why Muslims Hate Terrorism More
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They had feared ISIS fighters and their Sunni allies would unleash a massacre of the predominantly Shiite townsfolk.This Is How You Fight ISIS
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It is well known that Shiite teachers were especially active in Persia.Mystics and Saints of Islam
On the other side of the shrunken Abbasid domain there was also a Shiite kingdom in Persia.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind
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On the last night many Shiite Moslems walk to the mosque in bare feet, wearing sackcloth.
During this period every man, woman and child of the Shiite Moslems are under obligations to wear black garments.
The most prominent university of the Shiite Mohammedans is in the shrine place of Karballa.
- an adherent of Shiah
- of or relating to Shiah
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Word Origin and History for shiite
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