Definition of Shiite in English:

Shiite

Syllabification: Shi·ite
Pronunciation: /ˈSHēˌīt
 
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(also Shi'ite)

noun

  • An adherent of the Shia branch of Islam.
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    • It was therefore possible for Feisal to be both the Caliph to the Sunnis and the true Imam to the Shi'ites.
    • He said he read his father accounts of Shiites attacking Sunni mosques in mixed neighborhoods.
    • Maronites are concentrated in East Beirut, while Muslim Shi'ites live primarily in West Beirut.

adjective

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  • Of or relating to Shia.
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    • To promote Shi'ism the Safavids brought in scholars from Shi'ite countries to form a new religious elite.
    • The Islamic Republic of Iran has funded Shi'ite fundamentalism across the Middle East.
    • Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims recognize different lines of succession from Muhammad.

Derivatives

Shiism

Pronunciation: /ˈSHēˌizəm/
(also Shi'ism) noun
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  • According to some analysts, the Iranian revolution has revived the Alavid Shi'ism, and the Safavid Shi'ism is on the decline.
  • To promote Shi'ism the Safavids brought in scholars from Shi'ite countries to form a new religious elite.
  • Iraq's Sunnis and Shias are related by common history and often common tribal relations, since Iraq only became a majority Shia state after Sunni tribes converted to Shiism in the 18th century.

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