variants or Yazidi
plural -s
: a member of a syncretistic religious sect inhabiting a small area in Iraq, Syria, and Soviet Armenia, comprising several Kurdish-speaking peoples, and worshiping an angel believed to have been formerly the author of evil but to be now actively good and chief among seven angels to whom the supreme but transcendent God has left the government of the world

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probably of Iranian origin

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“Yezidi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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