Wahhabi

[ wuh-hah-bee, wah- ]
/ wəˈhɑ bi, wɑ- /

noun, plural Wah·ha·bis. Islam.

a follower of ʿAbd al-Wahhab (1703–1792), who stringently opposed all practices not sanctioned by the Koran. The Wahhabis, founded in the 18th century, are the most conservative Muslim group and are today found mainly in Saudi Arabia.
Also Wa·ha·bi, Wah·ha·bee, Wah·ha·bite, Wa·ha·bite [wuh-hah-bahyt, wah-] /wəˈhɑ baɪt, wɑ-/.

Origin of Wahhabi

1800–10; < Arabic, equivalent to ʿAbd al-Wahhab + suffix of appurtenance
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Wahhabi

Wahabi

/ (wəˈhɑːbɪ) /

noun plural -bis

a member of a strictly conservative Muslim sect founded in the 18th century with the aim of eliminating all innovations later than the 3rd century of Islam

Derived Forms

Wahhabism or Wahabism, noun
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