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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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(ˈʃiːə) or


1. (Islam) one of the two main branches of Islam (the other being the Sunni), making up a tenth or more of the entire Muslim population, and forming the majority in Iran and Iraq, which regards Mohammed's cousin Ali and his successors as the true imams
2. (Islam) another name for Shiite
(Islam) designating or characteristic of this sect or its beliefs and practices
[C17: from Arabic shī'ah sect, from shā'a to follow]
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or Shi•'a

(ˈʃi ə)

1. (used with a pl. v.) the Shi‘ites.
2. (used with a sing. v.) Shi‘ite.
[1620–30; < Arabic shī‘ah literally, sect]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Shiah - 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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Amri who was last seen on November 24, 2016 had been alleged to be a follower of Shiah, another Islamic denomination from the official Sunni school accepted in Malaysia, which has been denied by his wife Norhayati Ariffin.
Lin, Y.-R., Shiah, I.-S., Chang, Y.-C., Lai, T.-J., Wang, K.-Y., & Chou, K.-R.
Thus, the towns of Dama and Shiah and part of the village of Jadal, which were under Thalith's control were transferred to the control of the regime.
The JNI scribe also called on the preachers to be cautious about the movement of shiah to Abuja and its environs, saying, they no longer use their black attire but disguise into the community.
Running for the Baabda Maronite Seat in the upcoming parliamentary elections, Bou Assi's words came during an encounter with LF supporters in the area of Shiah this afternoon.
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[6.] Tai KY, Shieh YS, Lee CS, Shiah SG, Wu CW AXL promotes cell invasion by inducing MMP-9 activity through activation of NF-[kappa]B and Brg-1.
Standing offshore in the Persian Gulf would not block the Shiah corridor.
Around the corner from the entrance gate to the nearby Mogul Shiah Muslim Burial Ground, I'm invited in by a woman who is pulling weeds.
Patricia Shiah of Stribling & Associates brought in the un-named buyer who paid $14.65 million for the three bedroom, 3.5-bath unit 5B.
(84.) Yatham LN, Liddle PF, Shiah J-S, Scarrow G et al.
In the case of apoptosis induced by the topoisomerase inhibitor [beta]-lapachone in HL-60 cells, only JNK and not p38 was activated, and subsequent activation of caspase 3 was observed (Shiah et al.