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Definition: This comes from the Arabic term "ayat Allah," which literally means "sign of God," and is used as an honorific title for leading Shi'ite mujtahids. It is, therefore, title used among Shi'a Muslims rather than Sunnis.

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Alternate Spellings: Ayatullah

Common Misspellings: none

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