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English Dictionary: Shi'ite by the DICT Development Group
2 results for Shi'ite
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
    Synonym(s): Shiite, Shi'ite, Shiite Muslim, Shi'ite Muslim, Shia Muslim
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Shiite \Shi"ite\, Shiah \Shi"ah\, n. [Ar. sh[c6]'a[c6]a follower
      of the sect of Ali, fr. sh[c6]'at, sh[c6]'ah, a multitude
      following one another in pursuit of the same object, the sect
      of Ali, fr. sh[be]'a to follow.]
      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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