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der·vish

 (dûr′vĭsh)
n.
1. A member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion.
2. One that possesses abundant, often frenzied energy: "[She] is a dervish of unfocused energy, an accident about to happen" (Jane Gross).

[Turkish derviş, mendicant, from Persian darvēš, from Middle Persian driyōš, needy one, one who lives in holy mendicancy, from Old Iranian (Avestan) drigu-; akin to Sanskrit adhriguḥ (a divine epithet of unknown but favorable meaning) : perhaps a-, not + *dhrigu-, poor.]
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dervish

(ˈdɜːvɪʃ)
n
(Islam) a member of any of various Muslim orders of ascetics, some of which (whirling dervishes) are noted for a frenzied, ecstatic, whirling dance
[C16: from Turkish: beggar, from Persian darvīsh mendicant monk]
ˈdervish-ˌlike adj
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der•vish

(ˈdɜr vɪʃ)

n.
a member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which practice ecstatic dancing and whirling or chanting and shouting.
[1575–85; < Turkish < Persian]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dervish - an ascetic Muslim monkdervish - an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
fakeer, fakir, faqir, faquir - a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man
whirler, whirling dervish - a dervish whose actions include ecstatic dancing and whirling
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Translations
dervis
derviş

dervish

[ˈdɜːvɪʃ] Nderviche mf (fig) → salvaje mf
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dervish

nDerwisch m
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dervish

[ˈdɜːvɪʃ] n (Rel) → derviscio
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The Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order are the best-known practitioners of 'Sama', which refers to a form of meditating by focusing on melodies and dancing.
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The novel, which is set partially in Turkey and the rest in Pakistan, is rich in Sufism and also has whirling dervishes.
The following night, Daniel Darwin attempts a sustained spinning of 75 minutes in 'Dance Until You Shatter Yourself.' The endurance piece explores the fragility of the identity through a series of poems, songs, and immersive projections as Darwin commits to a continuous whirling akin to those done by the whirling dervishes of Sufism.
Riffat Khattak also derives inspiration from the fascinating aesthetics of calligraphy on mosques in Turkey and 'Sufi' tradition reflected by the whirling dervishes of Konya.
Mr Khattak, a painter, calligrapher and illustrator exhibited over a hundred works of calligraphy, including calligraphy of the 99 names of Allah in khat-i-nasleeq and a series of whirling dervishes in the Turkish and Persian style of takhti (wooden tablets) in black ink and coffee texture.
SIDON, Lebanon: In the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, the Yunus Emre Turkish Cultural Center organized a cultural evening at Sidon's Khan al-Franj Wednesday filled with music, Sufi poetry and whirling dervishes. The spinning dance, a Sufi tradition dating back to the 13th century, is considered a meditative performance.
Turkey's Mekder Sufi Ensemble's performance of the Whirling Dervishes Ceremony, which is one of the most important distinguishing elements of Turkish culture, enthralled the audience at the Cultural Hall.
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The most powerful and popular Sufi sect in Anatolia is called Mevlevi (whirling dervishes) and they wear plain white dresses (called tennure) during the whirling ritual (Sema ayini in Turkish).
By: Egypt Today staff CAIRO -- 20 August 2017: Historical Bayt El Sinnari located in Cairo will be hosting an oriental night featuring 'Daraweesh' a tanoura (whirling dervishes) show that is part of the 7th edition of the international festival 'Mn Fat Kadeemoh Tah' (He Who Misses his Past is Lost) on Sunday.