or Ye·zi·di

[ yuh-zee-dee ]
/ yəˈzi di /


a member of a religious sect living mostly in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, Syria, Armenia, and Georgia, whose beliefs are based partly on Zoroastrianism and Sufism.

Origin of Yazidi

of uncertain origin
Related formsYa·zi·dism, noun
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/ (ˈjɛzɪdɪz) /

pl n

a religious sect found in the Kurdish areas of Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, whose beliefs combine elements of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity, and other religions; in addition to believing in a Supreme God, the Yezidi worship seven angels, among whom is the devil, who is believed to have repented and been pardoned and reinstated as chief angel

Word Origin for Yezidis

C19: perhaps from Yazid or Ezid a name for God
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