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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The mullahs in Tehran will be overjoyed and see signs of another U.S. President’s weakness. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Syria-Iran Retreat," 19 Dec. 2018 The Saudis, as Mr. Trump asserted, are important allies in a still-dangerous war against Middle Eastern terror fomented and supported by the mullahs in Iran. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Crude Realpolitik," 20 Nov. 2018 Iran has no interest in easing Yemeni suffering; the mullahs don’t even care for ordinary Iranians. Mike Pompeo, WSJ, "The U.S.-Saudi Partnership Is Vital," 27 Nov. 2018 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

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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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