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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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They said: The Saudi Shia community came together today in mourning and to show solidarity with the parents.
Shia Rights Watch (SRW) said the boy was murdered after he was confirmed to be Shia.
Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal Khan, Federal Minister for Interior Shehryar Afridi, Chief Secretary Balochistan Akhter Nazeer, Provincial Ministers Mir Zahoor Buledi, Saleem Khosa, Advisor to CM Khaliq Hazara, IG Police COS Major General Kaleem, IG FC South Major General Sardar Tariq, IG FC North Major General Nadeem Anjum, and religious leaders from Shia and Sunni sects participated in the session.
Shia elders were directed to cooperate with the police in fulfilling its duty and making security arrangements.
"Terrorists have been carrying out attacks against Hazara community from past two decades, despite government tall claims, terrorist attacking innocent Hazara community with full impunity." Balochistan Shia Conference's senior Vice President Syed Musarrat Agha and other members said in a joint Press Conferenceon Monday.
Twenty-two people were injured in Friday's attack in the predominantly Shia neighbourhood of Dasht-e Barchi and were transferred to hospitals across the city, ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majroh said.
Attacks on Shias increased under the presidency of Zia-ul-Haq, with the first major sectarian riots in Pakistan breaking out in 1983 in Karachi and later spreading to Lahore and Balochistan.