Shiite

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Shiite a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Shiite A member of that branch of the Mohammedans to which the Persians belong. They reject the first three caliphs, and consider Ali as being the first and only rightful successor of Mohammed. They do not acknowledge the Sunna, or body of traditions respecting Mohammed, as any part of the law, and on these accounts are treated as heretics by the Sunnites, or orthodox Mohammedans.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Shiite Same as Shiah.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shiite shē′īt the same as Shiah (q.v.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. shī'aī,a follower of the sect of Ali, fr. shī'at, shī'ah, a multitude following one another in pursuit of the same object, the sect of Ali, fr. shā'a, to follow

Usage

In literature:

Shiites, the, Mohammedan sect, 75.
"Chapters on Jewish Literature" by Israel Abrahams
Whatever their present doctrines, they seem at first to have been like the Shiites, political schismatics.
"The Future of Islam" by Wilfred Scawen Blunt
Persia generally belongs to the Shiites tribe.
"Modern Persia" by Mooshie G. Daniel
Shiite militias engaging in sectarian violence pose a substantial threat to immediate and long-term stability.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
The Persians and other Shiites recognize only Ali.
"The Contemporary Review, January 1883" by Various
Ali, believed by the Shiites to be an incarnation of God, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
The Tatars are mostly Shiite Mussulmans, only 27,596 being Sunnites; 7772 belong to the peculiar faith of the Yezids.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7" by Various
The Persian and heterodox party (the Shiites) insisted on heredity.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
Their name seems to have been first used in Persia of the Shiites in allusion to their red caps.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various
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In news:

Two car bombs exploded on Saturday, one ripping into a restaurant in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City, killing at least 23 people, police and hospital sources said.
Thousands of men and women, bused in on free shuttles from mosques and religious centers all over Iran, pushed and shoved their way into the hall, where they were seated in segregated areas, following Iranian Shiite tenets.
BEIRUT—Shooting between Sunni and Shiite Muslim gunmen in southern Lebanon killed three people and wounded at least five Sunday, officials said, in the latest sign Syria's civil war may be spilling over to Lebanon .
Shooting between Sunni and Shiite Muslim gunmen in southern Lebanon killed three people and wounded at least five Sunday, officials said, in the latest sign Syria's civil war may be spilling over to Lebanon .
Shooting between Sunni and Shiite Muslim gunmen in southern Lebanon killed three people and wounded at least five, in the latest sign Syria's civil war may be spilling over to Lebanon .
BAGHDAD — The fate of an agreement that would keep US troops here for three more years rests with Iraq's largest Shiite party, which must choose between its two main partners: the United States and Iran.
Pakistani Shiite procession hit by bombing, 6 dead.
Thousands of Iraqis march toward Najaf to mourn a leading Shiite cleric.
Pakistan bomb attack kills 7 in Shiite procession .
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Police say a bomb blast has killed at least seven people including three children and wounded around 30 others, some critically at a Shiite Muslim procession in northwestern Pakistan.
Share Bomb hits Shiite religious procession in Pakistan, killing 7, wounding 30.
Bomb hits Pakistani Shiite procession , kills 5.
Shiite clerics must ' prohibit ' violence.
Current design still lacks crucial Shiite support.
Dec 7, 2011 — One day after dozens of people were killed in two suicide bomb attacks aimed at Shiites, there's been another deadly explosion.
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