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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.]


(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]


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]
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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To its north, in Iraq, the militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to control vast swathes of the country; to its south, Yemen continues to be in crisis, with Shiah rebels taking control of the capital, forcing the resignation of the Government; while in the East, antigovernment protests have continued in Shiah-majority-Sunni- ruled Bahrain.
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There was no claim of responsibility for Sunday's attack that hit the Mar Mikhael and Shiah districts on the southern edge of the capital, however, a Syrian rebel commander threatened earlier this week to strike against Hezbollah strongholds in retaliation for the militia's military support for Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.