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or Shi•ite

(ˈʃi aɪt) also


(ʃiˈi, ˈʃi i)

a member of one of the two great religious divisions of Islam that regards Ali, the son-in-law of Muhammad, as the legitimate successor of Muhammad, and disregards the three caliphs who succeeded him.
Compare Sunni (def. 1).
Shi•'ism (ˈʃi ɪz əm) n.
Shi•'it•ic (ʃiˈɪt ɪk) adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shi'ite - a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs
Shia, Shiah, Shiah Islam - one of the two main branches of orthodox Islam; mainly in Iran
Moslem, Muslim - a believer in or follower of Islam
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