Definition of Shiite in English:

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Shiite

Pronunciation: /ˈʃiːʌɪt/
(also Shi'ite)

noun

An adherent of the Shia branch of Islam.
Example sentences
  • 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

Relating to Shia: Shiite fundamentalist groups
More example sentences
  • 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: /ˈʃiːɪz(ə)m/
(also Shi'ism) noun
Example sentences
  • 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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