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 mullah (audio) , ˈmu̇-​ \ noun

Examples of mullah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some children attend a madrasa, or Islamic school, run by a mullah at a tiny mosque in a nearby settlement. New York Times, "In a Village of Widows, the Opium Trade Has Taken a Deadly Toll," 27 Dec. 2020 This argument will probably permeate Israeli decision-making as long as Iran is ruled by mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards. Steven Simon, The New York Review of Books, "The Middle East: Trump Blunders In," 16 Jan. 2020 In 2004, Lautenberg was extended to Iran — and not just the Jews and Christians in the country but also the Baha'is, a religious sect that is considered heretical by Iran's mullahs. Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "How Modi supporters are trying to cloak an anti-Muslim bill in American law," 7 Feb. 2020 Just over a year later, in 1979, Pahlavi was ousted and mullahs led by Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took power. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Iran and America in 2020: a dreadful relationship," 25 Dec. 2019 Qasem Soleimani while minimizing the actions of the courageous Iranians who oppose the mullahs. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "In Chelsea, S&M Goes High-Fashion, Pastels Go High-Octane," 15 Jan. 2020 Obama gave millions of dollars in cash on pallets to Iran to sweeten the mullahs. John Kass,, "Column: Adam Schiff plays the hero in Trump Impeachment Theater farce," 14 Nov. 2019 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

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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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“Mullah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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