Definition of Shiite in English:

Shiite

(also Shi'ite)

noun

  • An adherent of the Shia branch of Islam.

    • ‘Both the Sunnis and the Shiites recognize the authority of the Koran and respect the five pillars of Islam.’
    • ‘We talk to the Shiites, the Sunnis - who are now acting somewhat subdued - and all the others.’
    • ‘That it would fairly treat the Shiites and the Sunni, and for that matter the non-Arab Kurds?’
    • ‘This mix of Sunnis, Shi'ites and Christians are working hard - and together.’
    • ‘Respected by the Sunnis and Shi'ites alike, his religious and social standing commanded respect and raised him above suspicion.’
    • ‘He said he read his father accounts of Shiites attacking Sunni mosques in mixed neighborhoods.’
    • ‘Local leaders said the attack was an attempt by militants to fuel a civil war between the Shiites and the minority Sunnis.’
    • ‘In other words, will Shi'ites vote for a Shi'ite party regardless of its stance on democracy?’
    • ‘Such murders have typically been reprisals by Sunnis or Shiites on the other community.’
    • ‘Right now, a Diyala politician would have to try to satisfy Kurds, Sunni Arabs and Shiites.’
    • ‘There are three religious figures who sit on the body: two Shiites and one Sunni.’
    • ‘The most important fracture is not between Shiites and Sunnis, but between Arabs and Kurds.’
    • ‘It was therefore possible for Feisal to be both the Caliph to the Sunnis and the true Imam to the Shi'ites.’
    • ‘Thus, Shiites would be under Shiite law and Chaldeans under Catholic canon law for these purposes.’
    • ‘Three deputy premiers have been named one each for the Shi'ites, Sunnis and Kurds, with the fourth held open for a woman.’
    • ‘They sometimes target the Sunnis, the Shi'ites and the Christians and other times they target the police and the army.’
    • ‘Out of this civil war came the split between the Sunni and the Shi'ites.’
    • ‘Maronites are concentrated in East Beirut, while Muslim Shi'ites live primarily in West Beirut.’
    • ‘The Kurds are worried they will lose their autonomy and the Sunnis are worried that Shi'ites will take revenge on them.’
    • ‘The violence has fueled the sectarian tensions between Shiites and Sunnis.’

adjective

  • Relating to Shia.

    • ‘There is no Sunni or Shi'ite Iraqi who wants to divide his country.’
    • ‘Millions of pilgrims are expected to walk between Najaf and Karbala and other Shiite strongholds in Iraq.’
    • ‘To promote Shi'ism the Safavids brought in scholars from Shi'ite countries to form a new religious elite.’
    • ‘They obviously do not extend their Islamic embrace to Shiite Muslims, whom they have massacred in the hundreds.’
    • ‘There would be two Shiite provinces, two Sunni Arab provinces, and one Kurdish one.’
    • ‘Most Iranians are Shi'ite Muslim, while Sunni Muslims dominate other Middle Eastern countries.’
    • ‘Sunni versus Shiite violence has made the dream of a land of the pure just that.’
    • ‘Almost all of them are Iraqi Muslims, and they come from both Sunni and Shiite families.’
    • ‘The only upside is that for a while, sectarian suspicions were put on hold as Sunni mosques organized relief for Shi'ite families.’
    • ‘Yesterday was the first day of Ramadan for Iraq's Shi'ite majority.’
    • ‘Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims recognize different lines of succession from Muhammad.’
    • ‘They met in Cairo a few days ago with representatives of the Sunni and Shiite communities in Iraq.’
    • ‘The Islamic Republic of Iran has funded Shi'ite fundamentalism across the Middle East.’
    • ‘The risk now is that the mutually hostile Sunni and Shiite factions might come together in an anti-American alliance.’
    • ‘The Sunnis will never accept Shi'ite rule, and the continuing resistance will eventually lead to civil war.’
    • ‘The city, which has a mix of Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims, was almost deserted.’
    • ‘Sunni and Shi'ite worshippers arrived at Baghdad's large Um al-Qura mosque to pray together but then went their separate ways.’
    • ‘Subsequent attacks on Sunni mosques were blamed on Shi'ite militants.’
    • ‘Yesterday, fierce fighting continued across Iraq between American forces and insurgents from both the Sunni and Shi'ite populations.’
    • ‘For example, Shiite Americans or Shiite Muslims were strong supporters of the war.’

Pronunciation:

Shiite

/ˈSHēˌīt/