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1. The branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors of Muhammad.
2. pl. Sunni or Sun·nis A Muslim belonging to this branch; a Sunnite.

[Arabic sunnī, adherent of the Sunna, from sunna, customary practice, tradition; see Sunna.]

Sun′ni adj.


npl -nis or -ni
1. (Islam) one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam (the other being the Shiah), consisting of those who acknowledge the authority of the Sunna
2. (Islam) another term for Sunnite


(ˈsʊn i)

n., pl. -ni, -nis.
1. Also called Sun•nite (ˈsʊn aɪt) a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam, regarding the first four caliphs as legitimate successors of Muhammad and stressing the importance of Sunna as a basis for law.Compare Shi‘ite.
2. (used with a pl. v.) the Sunni Muslims.
[1620–30; < Arabic sunnī, derivative of sunnah Sunna]
Sun′nism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sunni - a member of the branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors to Muhammad
Sunni Islam, Sunni - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
2.Sunni - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam
Islam, Muslimism - the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion; "Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Indonesia"
religious order, religious sect, sect - a subdivision of a larger religious group
Sunni, Sunni Muslim, Sunnite - a member of the branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors to Muhammad


A. ADJsunita, suní
B. Nsunita mf, suní mf
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The wise man knows horses are good - that there is a profit to be made from all; and for myself- but that I am a good Sunni and hate the men of Tirah - I could believe the same of all the Faiths.
Sunnis constitute the largest religious minority - roughly 5 to 10 percent of the population - in the Shiite-majority nation.
Now that those militants are being driven from the Sunni heartland, how the government responds to Sunnis trying to rebuild their lives is likely to have long-term consequences for the country's stability and security.
For many Sunnis, the harsh treatment of Assir is emblematic ofthe Shi'a militia Hezbollah's increasingly overt dominance in Beirut.
Shiite parties and militias are more focused on their own internal power struggles than brokering a political compromise with Sunnis.
Sectarian tensions in Maqdadiyah flared up after the massive bombings in June, 2015, by the Islamic State militant group, which have pushed Shiite militiamen to bomb and burn several Sunni mosques and tens of shops owned by Sunnis in the town, along with executing dozens of Sunni residents in retaliatory attacks.
His legacy as a strong leader who kept Iraq together, by brutal force, reverberates for Sunnis in the wider Middle East, which is wracked by sectarian conflict and stalled revolutions.
If Obama is talking about the Shiite-led Iraqi military, their performance is still just barely adequate, even backed by American air power, and they're disdained and mistrusted by the Sunnis of Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of Iran's Basij (volunteer) Force Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi blasted the world powers' attempts to sow discord between the Shiite and Sunni Muslims, and said cooperation between the Shiites and Sunnis in campaign against Takfiri terrorism shows failure of the US policies in the region.
Sunnis, Christians and other sects in Saraya are trained in the same camps as Shia Muslims.
The Iraqi government is also engaged in efforts to recruit Anbar province Sunnis , providing arms and funds to improve facilities at Taqaddam.
BAGHDAD / Nina /--Head of Alhal parliamentary Bloc within Iraqi Forces coalition MP Mohammad al-Karbouli said : ' Return of Sunnis to parliament requires time to implement the demands of Sunni component.