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 (kō-mā′nē, KHō-, KHô′mā-nē′), Ayatollah Ruholla 1900-1989.
Iranian Shiite leader and head of state (1979-1989). Arrested (1963) and exiled (1964) for his opposition to Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi's regime, he returned to Iran after the shah's downfall (1979). His reign was marked by a return to strict observance of the Islamic code.
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(Biography) Ruholla (ˈruhɒˈlɑː), known as Ayatollah Khomeini. 1900–89, Iranian Shiite Muslim religious and political leader. Following the overthrow of the shah of Iran (1979) he returned from exile and instituted an Islamic republic. His rule saw deteriorating relations with the West and war (1980–88) with Iraq
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(xoʊˈmeɪ ni, koʊ-)

Ayatollah Ru•hol•lah (ruˈhoʊ lə) 1900?–89, chief Islamic leader of Iran 1979–89.
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Noun1.Khomeini - Iranian religious leader of the Shiites; when Shah Pahlavi's regime fell Khomeini established a new constitution giving himself supreme powers (1900-1989)
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