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 Shiite, Shiʿa, Shiʿah, Shi·ʿi [shee-ee, shee-ee]. /ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i/.
- Shi·ʿism [shee-iz-uhm], /ˈʃi ɪz əm/, noun
- Shi·ʿit·ic [shee-it-ik], /ʃiˈɪt ɪk/, adjective
- Compare Sunni (def. 1).
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How to use Shiʿite in a sentence
It's all about slaughtering Shiites, like, you know, the Iranians.Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem. | Christopher Dickey | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile Shiites who put their faith in Tehran are being slaughtered en masse.Iraq Is Not Our War Anymore. Let It Be Iran’s Problem. | Christopher Dickey | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Iraqi Shiites, for the first time, had their chance to be the main force in a unified Iraq.Here’s What the U.S. Has to Do to Deal With the Mad Middle East | Leslie H. Gelb | July 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Kurds are already doing so in the north, and many Shiites are doing so in the south.Iraq Is Vietnam 2.0 And U.S. Drones Won’t Solve The Problem | Leslie H. Gelb | June 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the case of Hezbollah, it is the biggest Lebanese sectarian community—the Shiites, among whom they are the unrivaled leaders.Is Syria Being 'Lebanized' or is Lebanon Being 'Syrianized'? | Hussein Ibish | August 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Except with the Shiites, who have never acknowledged it, there is no open rebellion against it.The Contemporary Review, January 1883 | Various
They are, too, for the most part Sunnites, whereas the latter profess everywhere the principles of the rival sect of the Shiites.Travels in Central Asia | Arminius Vmbry
This may probably be an allusion to the two great divisions prevailing among the Mohammedans, the Soonnis and the Shiites.The Arabian Nights Entertainments | Anonymous
Their name seems to have been first used in Persia of the Shiites in allusion to their red caps.
Whatever their present doctrines, they seem at first to have been like the Shiites, political schismatics.The Future of Islam | Wilfred Scawen Blunt
British Dictionary definitions for Shiite
an adherent of Shiah
of or relating to Shiah
- Shiitic (ʃiːˈɪtɪk), adjective
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