Shiite meaning

shēīt
A member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali and his descendants as the legitimate successors to Muhammad and rejects the first three caliphs.
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Of or relating to the Shiites or their branch of Islam.
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A member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali and his descendants as the legitimate successors to Muhammad and rejects the first three caliphs.
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Of or relating to the Shiites or their branch of Islam.
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A member of one of the two great sects of Muslims: Shiites consider Ali, Muhammad's son-in-law and the fourth of the caliphs, as the first Imam and the rightful successor of Muhammad, and do not accept the Sunna as authoritative.
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Origin of shiite

  • Arabic šī‘a partisans Shia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Arabic šī‘a partisans Shia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition