2 entries found for dervish.
der·vish Audio pronunciation of "dervish" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (dûrvsh)
1. A member of any of various Muslim ascetic orders, some of which perform whirling dances and vigorous chanting as acts of ecstatic devotion.
2. One that possesses abundant, often frenzied energy: “ [She] is a dervish of unfocused energy, an accident about to happen” (Jane Gross).
[Turkish dervi, mendicant, from Persian darvsh.]
Word History: The word dervish calls to mind the phrases howling dervish and whirling dervish. Certainly there are dervishes whose religious exercises include making loud howling noises or whirling rapidly to induce a dizzy, mystical state. But a dervish is really the Muslim equivalent of a monk or friar, for the Persian word darvsh, the ultimate source of dervish, means “religious mendicant.” The word is first recorded in English in 1585.
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n : an ascetic Muslim monk; a member of an order noted for devotional exercises involving bodily movements
Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University
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