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or Shi·ah also Shi·'a  (shē′ə)Islam
1. (Used with a pl. verb) The Shiites.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A Shiite.

[Arabic šī'a, following, sect, from šā'a, to spread, become known; see śyʕ in Semitic roots.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shia - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
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
Shia Muslim, Shiite, Shi'ite, Shiite Muslim, Shi'ite Muslim - a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
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Shiah [ˈʃiːə]
A. N
1. (= doctrine) → chiísmo m
2. (= follower) (also Shia Muslim) → chiíta mf
B. ADJchiíta
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Quietly dispelling rumors of a Sunni-Shi'a schism, he was able to establish links between Sunni and Shi'a extremists, providing them with the unifying goal of attacking the West.
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It is true that, in the early years of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), Tehran did attempt to spread revolutionary propaganda, especially in Arab countries with significant Shi'a minorities, such as Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.