mul·​lah | \ˈmə-lə, ˈmu̇- \

Definition of mullah 

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

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mullahism \ -​lə-​ˌi-​zəm \ noun

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Hopefully, under those circumstances, the idea of buying peace at home by making peace abroad would appeal to the mullahs. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Iran Gambit," 8 June 2018 This military pressure, along with economic pressure from a new round of sanctions, will weaken Iran’s hold on its proxies abroad and create political problems for the mullahs at home. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump, Iran and American Power," 14 May 2018 Iran’s politicians, military men and mullahs then came together to take down the premier. Reuel Marc Gerecht And, WSJ, "Don’t Fear Regime Change in Iran," 11 June 2018 The soldiers, who lived nearby and knew the villagers well, separated the mullahs and teachers and those with education from the group. Washington Post, "Rohingya say Myanmar targeted the educated in genocide," 7 June 2018 Kuwait and Oman have good relations with the mullahs. The Economist, "Cold war in the heatWhy Gulf countries are feuding with Qatar," 21 June 2018 Tehran’s mullahs cannot survive a sustained oil price of $60 a barrel with practically no export revenue. Nawaf E. Obaid, WSJ, "The Oil Weapon Can Fell the Ayatollahs," 1 July 2018 To really save some mullah, do what the kids do these days, and have a pregame at home. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "How to maximize your Kentucky Derby 2018 experience without breaking the bank," 4 Apr. 2018 The Iran nuclear deal is just that—a deal Mr. Obama did with the mullahs, Russia, Germany, France, the U.K. and China, with no formal instrument of ratification. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "It’s Trump’s Iran Deal Now," 9 May 2018

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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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