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or Wa·ha·bi (wä-hä′bē)
n. pl. Wah·ha·bis or Wa·ha·bis
A member of a Muslim sect founded by Abdul Wahhab (1703-1792), known for its strict observance of the Koran and flourishing mainly in Arabia.

Wah·ha′bism (-bĭz′əm) n.


(wəˈhɑːbɪ) or


n, pl -bis
(Islam) a member of a strictly conservative Muslim sect founded in the 18th century with the aim of eliminating all innovations later than the 3rd century of Islam
Wahˈhabism, Waˈhabism n


or Wa•ha•bi

(wəˈhɑ bi, wɑ-)

also Wah•ha•bite


n., pl. -bis also -bites.
a member of a conservative Muslim group founded orig. by followers of ‘Abd al-Wahhab (1703–92).
[1800–10; < Arabic, =‘Abd al-Wahhab + suffix of appurtenance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Wahhabi - a member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect from Saudi Arabia; strives to purify Islamic beliefs and rejects any innovation occurring after the 3rd century of Islam; "Osama bin Laden is said to be a Wahhabi Muslim"
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
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