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n. - A high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well.

Usage examples (38)
  • In a telling incident, after the grand ayatollah agreed to an interview, his aide called back.
  • And a prime example of this would be Iran … The ayatollah is both the religious leader and the political leader.
  • The ayatollah was a strong critic of US policy in the Middle East
  • AggieJAG: there ya go ... the ayatollah is the one who rules, not ackmenicjad for more
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