dervish definition

  • noun:
    • A member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, a number of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as functions of ecstatic devotion.
    • The One That possesses plentiful, usually frenzied power: "[She] is a dervish of unfocused power, any sort of accident about to happen” ( Jane Gross).
    • an associate of Dervish fraternity of Sufism, known for rotating.
    • A Turkish or Persian monk, particularly one who professes severe poverty and leads an austere life.
    • among fanatical supporters associated with Mahdi, in the Sudan, inside 1880's.
    • in our contemporary world, an associate of an ascetic Mohammedan sect significant for the devotional workouts, which include lively chanting or shouting and rhythmic physical motion, eg whirling, resulting in a trance-like state or ecstasy. Because of these exercises the term whirling dervish is derived.
    • figuratively, someone who whirls or engages in frenzied task similar to the dervish{3} dance.
    • A Mohammedan monk, professing poverty, humility, and chastity; a Mohammedan fakir.
    • an ascetic Muslim monk; a part of an order noted for devotional workouts involving physical moves

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