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Druzealso Druse (dro͞oz)
A member of a monotheistic religious community living primarily in Syria, Israel, and Lebanon whose beliefs include faith in al-Hakim (985-1021), an Ismaili caliph, as the embodiment of God.
[Arabic Durūz, pl. of durzī, a Druze, after Muhammad ibn Ismail al-Darazi (died c. 1019), Muslim religious leader who was an early promoter of the Druze faith but was repudiated by the Druze for proclaiming the divinity of al-Hakim .]
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a member of an independent sect living mainly in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel, that is anoffshoot of Islam.
[1595–1605; < Arabic durūz, a Druze, derivative of the name of one of the sect founders, Muḥammad ibn Ismā‘īl al-Darazī]
Dru′ze•an, Dru′zi•an, adj.
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|Noun||1.||Druze - an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God; "a Druze is permitted to conform outwardly to the faith of the unbelievers among whom he lives"|
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