Definition of Mu'tazilite in English:

Mu'tazilite

noun

historical
  • A member of a Muslim sect originating in the early 8th cent. which introduced speculative dogmatics into Islam and, in particular, denied predestination.

adjective

historical
  • Of, relating to, or designating this sect.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Ephraim Chambers (?1680–1740), encyclopaedist. From Arabic muʿtazila (plural), lit. ‘separatists’ (active participle of iʿtazala to separate oneself, stand aside) + -ite.

Pronunciation

Mu'tazilite

/mʊˈtazəlʌɪt//muːˈtɑːzəlʌɪt/