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Yez·i·di(yĕz′ĭ-dē′) also Ya·zi·di (yä′zĭ-)
n. pl. Yezidi or Ye·zi·dis also Yazidi or Ya·zi·dis
A member of a Kurdish-speaking group who practice Yezidism and live predominantly in Iraq, Syria, and southeast Turkey.
[Arabic Yazīdī and Kurdish Êzîdî, probably after the second Umayyad caliph Yazīd ibn Mu'awīya (645-683), revered by Yezidis as an important propagator of Yezidism.]
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(Other Non-Christian Religions) a religious sect found in the Kurdish areas of Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, whose beliefs combine elements of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity, and other religions; in addition to believing in a Supreme God, the Yezidi worship seven angels, among whom is the devil, who is believed to have repented and been pardoned and reinstated as chief angel
[C19: perhaps from Yazid or Ezid a name for God]
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