\ shēˈē \
plural -s

Definition of Shiʽi

: shiʽite

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Other Words from Shiʽi

Shiʽi adjective
Shiʽi law was not in most respects significantly different from Sunni, and most of the time the two groups managed to live in peace. — Ross E. Dunn, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta, 1986

First Known Use of Shiʽi

1728, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Shiʽi

Arabic shiyaʽīy

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“Shiʽi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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