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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 of shiite

  • It is well known that Shiite teachers were especially active in Persia.

  • On the other side of the shrunken Abbasid domain there was also a Shiite kingdom in Persia.

  • On the last night many Shiite Moslems walk to the mosque in bare feet, wearing sackcloth.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

  • During this period every man, woman and child of the Shiite Moslems are under obligations to wear black garments.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

  • The most prominent university of the Shiite Mohammedans is in the shrine place of Karballa.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

British Dictionary definitions for shiite



  1. an adherent of Shiah
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  1. of or relating to Shiah
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Derived FormsShiitic (ʃiːˈɪtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for shiite



1728, "a member of the Shia sect of Islam," from Shia + -ite (1), Latin-derived suffix denoting "follower."

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