Bab|ism «BAH bihz uhm», noun.
the beliefs and practices of a religious movement founded by Siyyid 'Ali Muhammad, 1819-1850, in Persia (now Iran). Siyyid 'Ali Muhammad is often referred to as the Báb. He was executed for his teachings by the Persian government on July 9, 1850. Babism formed the foundation of the religion Bahaism, or Bahá 'ism.
[< Báb, title of the founder (< Persian báb gate) + -ism]
Bab´ist, noun, adjective.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.