[soo-fiz-uh m]


the ascetic and mystical system of the Sufis.

Also Su·fi·ism [soo-fee-iz-uh m] /ˈsu fiˌɪz əm/.

Origin of Sufism

First recorded in 1810–20; Sufi + -ism
Related formsSu·fis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of sufism

  • This being the state of his mind it is not surprising that he drifted into Sufism.

  • Sufism, in some form or another, could not possibly be confined to Asia.

  • Sufism or Persian mysticism began in asceticism and ended in pantheism.

  • Had there not been in the heart of Islamism a strong germ of esoteric teaching, Sufism could never have sprung from it.


    Th. Pascal

  • Perhaps I can do no better than to quote one of the foremost authorities on Sufism in regard to Omar's teachings.

British Dictionary definitions for sufism



the mystical doctrines of the Sufis
Derived FormsSufistic (suːˈfɪstɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for sufism

1817, from Sufi + -ism.

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