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Shiite

Shi·ite

Shiite

 
pronunciation:
shi aIt
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition: a member of the Shiah sect of Islam, which does not accept the Sunna as authoritative and considers Muhammad's son-in-law Ali to be the legitimate successor to Muhammad. (Cf. Sunnite.)
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derivations: Shiitic (adj.), Shiism (n.)
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