plural -s
: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Babism was in 1866

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“Babism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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