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  • a Sufi Muslim ascetic fraternity; a form of mendicant friars
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Der"vish, n. One of the fanatical followers of the Mahdi, in the Sudan.

{ Der"vish (?), Der"vise (?), Der"vis (?), } n. [Per. derwēsch, fr. OPer. derew to beg, ask alms: cf. F. derviche.] A Turkish or Persian monk, especially one who professes extreme poverty and leads an austere life.

Der"vish, n. One of the fanatical followers of the Mahdi, in the Sudan.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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