Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. 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.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Shiites or their branch of Islam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to Shiites or the Shi'a branch of Islam.
  • adj. Of, or relating the Shi'a branch of Islam.
  • n. A member of the Shi'a branch of Islam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Shiah.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
  • n. a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs

Etymologies

Arabic šī'a, partisans; see Shiah.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • Anthony Shadid reports today that a series of six car bombs “struck markets, a police convoy and a gaggle of workers in Shiite Muslim neighborhoods Monday, killing 32 people and wounding more than 120 in one of the most violent days in the capital in months.”

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  • The attack was particularly notable because Najaf, a revered city in Shiite Islam, has been among the safest places in Iraq in recent years.

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  • The Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council is thought be behind the hundreds of posters in Shiite areas of Baghdad bearing the image of the country's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in a move designed to use the name of the much revered cleric to attract voters.

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  • While the Iranian regime appears to be finding support these days in Shiite quarters from Beirut to Baghdad, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is searching for theological backing this week in his own backyard.

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  • Crowds in Shiite neighborhoods cheered the Iranian president and his country for their moral and financial support during years of turmoil.

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  • Maha al-Douri, a prominent female candidate running in Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's party told the Associated Press, "in the future this quota should be removed and women should compete equally with men, because women politicians have proven their competence and reliability in politics."

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  • For the cycles of mourning in Shiite Islam actually provide a schedule for political combat -- a way to generate or revive momentum.

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  • Sunni extremists have carried out coordinated bombings in Shiite areas in the past in an effort to stoke sectarian violence.

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