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  • n. Alternative spelling of Parsi.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. One of the adherents of the Zoroastrian or ancient Persian religion, descended from Persian refugees settled in India, and now found in western India; a fire worshiper; a Gheber.
  • proper n. The Iranian dialect of much of the religious literature of the Parsees.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the descendants of those Persians who settled in India about the end of the seventh and the beginning of the eighth century in order to escape Mohammedan persecution, and who still retain their ancient religion, now called Zoroastrianism. See Gueber.
  • Of or relating to the Parsees or their doctrines or customs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of a monotheistic sect of Zoroastrian origin; descended from the Persians; now found in western India


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  • The Parsee is the only sect holding religious tenets strange enough to stamp them as "peculiar people" who amount to much in the material affairs of life.

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  • It remained for Anquetil Duperron, a young Frenchman, a Persian scholar, to translate the Zend Avesta, which contains the teachings of Zoroaster, and may be called the Parsee bible.

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  • "Parsee," said he to the guide, "you have been serviceable and devoted.

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  • The Christian, Hindu, Sikh and Parsee communities have been second-class citizens since the death of Jinnah; and the situation is getting worse: acts of violence committed with impunity, rape and forced conversions of girls, false blasphemy accusations followed by lynchings, discrimination by the police and justice system, imposition of jizya (tax on non-muslims) by islamist organisations.

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  • My father learned this unique Parsee also spelled Parsi Indian dish while serving in the British Royal Navy as the dentist on the aircraft carrier HMS Centaur.

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  • Dinshah, of Parsee descent, infused veganism with the Jain and Buddhist doctrine of ahimsa - (non violence to all living creatures).

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  • Having grown up as a Parsee in Karachi where women can walk unrebuked with a duppatta over their heads, she thought for the very first time, "Bloody hell -- this country is being Talibanized '"

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  • I think the only thing that keeps me sane and able to teach with some integrity is the fact we have Iraqi neighbours in front of us and a Hindu/Parsee couple in the flat downstairs.

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  • And at the close, representatives of India's other religions -- Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsee -- stepped forward to offer blessings from their own traditions.

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