Bab·​ism | \ ˈbäˌbizəm \
plural -s

Definition of Babism

: the doctrine and practice of a 19th century Iranian sect that affirmed the progressiveness of revelation, held that no revelation was final, and forbade concubinage and polygamy, mendicancy, the use of intoxicating liquors and drugs, and dealing in slaves

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First Known Use of Babism

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Babism

Bab, title of Ali Mohammed of Shiraz †1850 Persian religious leader, its founder + English -ism

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“Babism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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