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 (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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Instead, it's Yezidis such as 36-year-old Fryaz Avdalyan who have taken it upon themselves to provide essential services such as dental and health care, often at their own expense.
The terrorists remain dangerous and brutal, as we saw this week when they massacred more than 200 innocent Yezidis, a small religious minority in northwestern Iraq.
Groups that constitute less than 5 percent of the population include Yezidis, an ethnic Kurd cultural group whose religion includes elements derived from Zoroastrianism, Islam, and animism; unspecified "charismatic" Christians; the Armenian Evangelical Church; Molokans, an ethnic Russian pacifist Christian group that split from the Russian Orthodox Church in the 17th-century; Baptists; the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons); Orthodox Christians; Seventh-day Adventists; Pentecostals; Jews; and Baha'is.
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Among the Yezidis the cross-fertilization between the so-called religions of the Book and religions with an oral tradition is reaching a climax.
Second, the Yezidis are Kurds who happen to subscribe to some rather exotic religious tenets.
This resolution, along with a parallel effort in the Senate, effectively prevented the Obama Administration from moving forward with its plans to issue a genocide designation properly citing Yezidis but, without justification, excluding any mention of Christians.
Mosul / National Iraqi News Agency / nina / The Peshmerga Ministry announced the liberation of Ba'shiqah district, 20 kilometers north of Mosul fully, of the Yezidis majority from the grip of Daesh.
Speaking to Christians, Muslims, Yezidis and Mandaeans as well as ambassadors and members of Iraq's parliament assembled May 30 at the Queen of the Rosary Church, the patriarch said the gathering represented "an opportunity to correct perceptions, relationships and choose the way that leads to peace, reconciliation and building of mutual trust.
Whilst the rubble strewn buildings across the town after months of coalition airstrikes and fighting can be somewhat rebuilt, the mental and emotional scarring as thousands of Yezidis were systemically killed, thousands of girls were raped and enslaved and thousands more had to flee from their ancient homes, will take much longer to heal.
While stressing necessity of freedoms for peaceful Muslims, he also indicated at the need for guaranteeing such rights for other communities and minorities in the Middle East, noting in this respect the Congress bill, 1568, designed to safeguard Christians and Yezidis in face of suppression by militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Other minorities, including Syriacs, Yezidis and Arabs, have also applied to be candidates in the general elections, according to news reports published by the Armenian weekly newspaper Agos.