Shiʿite

[ shee-ahyt ]
/ ˈʃi aɪt /

noun Islam.

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 Shiite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shi·ʿi [shee-ee, shee-ee]. /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/.
Compare Sunni (def. 1).

Origin of Shiʿite

OTHER WORDS FROM Shiʿite

Shi·ʿism [shee-iz-uhm], /ˈʃi ɪz əm/, nounShi·ʿit·ic [shee-it-ik], /ʃiˈɪt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Shiʿite

Shiite

Shiah

/ (ˈʃiːaɪt) Islam /

noun

an adherent of Shiah

adjective

of or relating to Shiah

Derived forms of Shiite

Shiitic (ʃiːˈɪtɪk), adjective
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