mullah

noun
mul·​lah | \ ˈmə-lə How to pronounce mullah (audio) , ˈmu̇- How to pronounce mullah (audio) \

Definition of mullah

: an educated Muslim trained in religious law and doctrine and usually holding an official post

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Other Words from mullah

mullahism \ ˈmə-​lə-​ˌi-​zəm How to pronounce mullahism (audio) , ˈmu̇-​ \ noun

Examples of mullah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given Soleimani’s role as leader of the Iranian military establishment and his significant political aspirations, Iran’s mullahs will be compelled to respond significantly. Time, "A 'Forever War' With Iran Is Unlikely. But More Death and Violence Seems Inevitable," 3 Jan. 2020 The mullahs have thrown billions of dollars at the development of nuclear weapons in good times and bad. Reuel Marc Gerecht, WSJ, "Tehran Counts on a Divided West," 12 Dec. 2018 On that score, recent alarming reports have circulated that the Iraqi parliament is due to vote on a provision to appoint mullahs as judges, with the prospect that sharia law will override secular laws that are in conflict with it. Edward Clancy, National Review, "Facing Extinction in Iraq, Can Christians Hope for Aid from the West?," 6 Aug. 2019 The mullahs and their Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps want to prove their mettle by showing that Mr Trump’s actions have costs—for everyone. The Economist, "As America and Iran inch closer to war, new talks are needed," 28 June 2019 The mullahs hope to exploit daylight between the Europeans and the United States (although poking the British won’t advance that goal) and to send a message to the White House that its pressure campaign doesn’t come without costs. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 25 July 2019 And if war comes, the mullahs are ready to trap America in another Middle Eastern quagmire. Reuel Marc Gerecht And Ray Takeyh, WSJ, "America Can Face Down a Fragile Iran," 16 June 2019 Trump wisely renounced Obama’s non-binding nuclear deal with the mullahs, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "For Regime Change in Iran," 29 June 2019 But, in the past year, the Trump Administration and the mullahs in Tehran have goaded each other into a series of pointless escalations, treating war as a game of chicken that is now hurtling out of control. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "The Law That Makes It Easy to Go to War with Iran," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of mullah

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mullah

Turkish molla & Persian & Urdu mulla, from Arabic mawlā

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The first known use of mullah was in 1613

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23 Jan 2020

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“Mullah.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mullah. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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