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ayatollah

noun aya·tol·lah \ˌī-ə-ˈtō-lə, -ˈtä-, -ˈtə-, ˈī-ə-ˌ\

Definition of AYATOLLAH

:  a religious leader among Shiite Muslims —used as a title of respect especially for one who is not an imam
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Origin of AYATOLLAH

Persian āyatollāh, literally, sign of God, from Arabic āyatallāh, from āya sign, miracle + allāh God
First Known Use: 1950

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

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