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also Par·see  (pär′sē, pär-sē′)
n. pl. Par·sis also Par·sees
A member of a Zoroastrian religious sect in India.

[Persian Pārsī, from Pārs, Persia, from Old Persian Pārsā.]

Par′sism (-sĭz′əm) n.


(ˈpɑːsiː) or


(Other Non-Christian Religions) an adherent of a monotheistic religion of Zoroastrian origin, the practitioners of which were driven out of Persia by the Muslims in the eighth century ad. It is now found chiefly in western India
(Other Non-Christian Religions) of or relating to the Parsees or their religion
[C17: from Persian Pārsī a Persian, from Old Persian Pārsa Persia]
ˈParseeˌism n


or Par•si

(ˈpɑr si, pɑrˈsi)

n., pl. -sees or -sis.
an Indian Zoroastrian whose ancestors fled Muslim persecution in Persia in the 7th and 8th centuries.
[1605–15; < Persian Pārsī Persian =Pārs Persia + suffix of appurtenance]
Par′see•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Parsee - a member of a monotheistic sect of Zoroastrian originParsee - a member of a monotheistic sect of Zoroastrian origin; descended from the Persians; now found in western India
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity


[pɑːˈsiː] Nparsi mf
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Fogg returned on board to resume his former habits; while Passepartout, according to custom, sauntered about among the mixed population of Somanlis, Banyans, Parsees, Jews, Arabs, and Europeans who comprise the twenty-five thousand inhabitants of Aden.
And Ahab chanced so to stand, that the Parsee occupied his shadow; while, if the Parsee's shadow was there at all it seemed only to blend with, and lengthen Ahab's.
He could just puzzle out the various English Police notices in Lahore city, because they affected his comfort; and among the many guests of the woman who looked after him had been a queer German who painted scenery for the Parsee travelling theatre.
Jews and Parsees are thought of as guests in India, but Christians and Muslims are considered invaders.
Parsees, on the other hand, visit the fire temple for thanksgiving prayers and offering sandalwood sticks to the fire.
As per the report of the World Bank, around 20% of the minority population, including Muslims, Parsees, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, and Sikhs, in the age group of 17-35 years is still to be included in the labour force.
The Parsees (Indian Zoroastrians) believe that water, fire, and earth are pure and holy and must be protected, and thus a corpse--the impure and contaminating object--may not be buried in the earth or cast into a stream, a pool, or the sea, nor may it be destroyed by fire.
So if the Aryans, Arabs, Afghans, Mughals, Turks and the Europeans conquered it and were in turn vanquished by its charms, it also welcomed the persecuted Jews, Christians and Parsees or Zoroastrians without fussing too much about their origins or religious beliefs.
We have reason to be proud of all significant achievements in India, whether they came from the Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Parsees, Jews, agnostics, or atheists.
It is true Parsees dominated the entrepreneurial scene in the beginning.
We have many non-Muslims Hindus Christians and Parsees but they are all Pakistanis.
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