Definition of mullah
: an educated Muslim trained in religious law and doctrine and usually holding an official post
mullahismplay \-lə-ˌi-zəm\ noun
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But giving similar treatment to a Trump administration that has gone out of its way to court the Sunni Arabs while trash talking the mullahs should be inexcusable.
Millions of us fled the country in the aftermath in order to fight back and pursue the democratic future that so many people envisioned before the mullahs took over.
Any effort to reopen the bargaining will also give Iran’s mullahs, military officers and conservatives a chance to alter the pact — or threaten to resume their race for nuclear capability.
Few saw merit in negotiating with Iran’s autocratic mullahs.
Ambassadors and chief justices can also donate with ease, as may rabbis (though not swamis or mullahs).
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Origin and Etymology of mullah
Turkish molla & Persian & Urdu mulla, from Arabic mawlā
First Known Use: 1613See Words from the same year
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