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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Shiite, Shi'ite, Shiite Muslim, Shi'ite Muslim, Shia Muslimnoun

    a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs


  1. Shiitenoun

    A member of the Shi'a branch of Islam.

  2. Shiiteadjective

    Of, or relating to Shiites or the Shi'a branch of Islam.

  3. Shiiteadjective

    Of, or relating the Shi'a branch of Islam.


  1. shiite

    Shīʿa Islam or Shīʿīsm is the second-largest branch of Islam. It holds that the Islamic prophet Muhammad designated ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib as his successor (khalīfa) and the Imam (spiritual and political leader) after him, most notably at the event of Ghadir Khumm, but was prevented from succeeding Muhammad as the leader of the Muslims as a result of the choice made by some of Muhammad's other companions (ṣaḥāba) at Saqifah. This view primarily contrasts with that of Sunnī Islam, whose adherents believe that Muhammad did not appoint a successor before his death and consider Abū Bakr, who was appointed caliph by a group of senior Muslims at Saqifah, to be the first rightful (rāshidūn) caliph after Muhammad. Adherents of Shīʿa Islam are called Shīʿa Muslims, Shīʿītes, or simply Shīʿa or Shia.Shīʿa Islam is based on a ḥadīth report concerning Muhammad's pronouncement at Ghadir Khumm. Shīʿa Muslims believe that ʿAlī ibn Abī Ṭālib, Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law, should have been the designated successor to Muhammad as Islam's spiritual and political leader. This belief later developed into the concept of Imamah, the idea that certain descendants of Muhammad, the Ahl al-Bayt, are rightful rulers or Imams, whom Shīʿa Muslims believe possess special spiritual and political authority over the Muslim community. Although there are many Shīʿa subsects, modern Shīʿa Islam has been divided into two main groupings: Twelvers and Ismāʿīlīs, with Twelver Shīʿas being the largest and most influential group among Shīʿa Muslims.Shīʿa Islam is the second largest branch of Islam, followed by 10–15% of all Muslims. Twelver Shīʿīsm is the largest branch of Shīʿa Islam, comprising about 85% of all Shīʿa Muslims.


  1. shiite

    The term Shiite, also Shiite Muslim, refers to one of the two main branches of Islam, the other one being Sunni Islam. It is based on the belief that the Prophet Muhammad's son-in-law, Ali, was his legitimate successor. Shia Islam primarily upholds the spiritual and political leadership of Imams, who are supposed to be descendants of Ali. Shia Muslims make up a minority of the Muslim population globally, with majority populations in countries such as Iran and Iraq.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shiitenoun

    alt. of Shiah

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shiite

    shē′īt, n. the same as Shiah (q.v.).—adj. Shiit′ic.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiite in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shiite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of shiite in a Sentence

  1. Michael Pregent:

    If you simply allow the Shiite Muslim political parties, the 60 % population of Iraq, to form a government, Shiite Muslim parties will continue to have an unstable northern Iraq where threats are incubated.

  2. Lloyd Austin:

    I will not, and I hope we never, coordinate or cooperate with Shiite militias.

  3. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin:

    I will not -- and I hope we will never -- coordinate or cooperate with Shiite militias.

  4. Ahmed Hamid:

    Our family is very proud of my fallen cousin who sacrificed his life in order to protect Shiite sacred shrines.

  5. Fawaz Gerges:

    The situation is extremely volatile between the two most powerful states in the Gulf, Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia and Shiite-dominated Iran. You have a war of words. You have war by proxies ... This really could get very ugly and dangerous in the next few weeks and next few months.

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