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noun, plural Su·fis.
  1. a member of an ascetic, mystical Muslim sect.
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  1. of or relating to Sufis or Sufism.
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Origin of Sufi

< Arabic Ṣūfī, perhaps equivalent to ṣūf wool + suffix of appurtenance; so called from their garb
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noun plural -fis
  1. an adherent of any of various Muslim mystical orders or teachings, which emphasize the direct personal experience of God
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Derived FormsSufic, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Arabic sūfīy, literally: (man) of wool, from sūf wool; probably from the ascetic's woollen garments
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Word Origin and History for sufi


member of a Muslim mystical order, 1650s (earlier Sufian, 1580s), from Arabic sufi, literally "man of wool" (i.e., "man wearing woolen garments"), from suf "wool." So-called from the habit of "putting on the holy garment" (labs-as-suf) to devote oneself to mysticism.

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