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09:55 Mar 19, 2007
Farsi (Persian) to English translations [Non-PRO]
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
Farsi (Persian) term or phrase: Basilij
No context avaialble. Is it Farsi? If so, what does it mean?

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Local time: 17:20

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5 +1see below please
Armineh Johannes
Fred Bidel



4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +1
see below please

You might be referring to the word "Basidji" instead of Basilij - in which case it is an Isamic Paramilitary force in Iran.

Armineh Johannes
Local time: 17:20
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Native speaker of: Native in Farsi (Persian)Farsi (Persian), Native in ArmenianArmenian
PRO pts in category: 28

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  nikia: I agree with Armineh, you may be thinking of basij, which means to volunteer, but is associated with Paralimilitary forces in Iran
9 hrs

neutral  Fred Bidel: OK. But there is more to it than that.
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14 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5

"Basiji"--pronounced "ba-see-Jee"-- refers to a member of "Basij" (Islamic Republic's religious militia). I was actually in Iran when the Basij organization was created. The word "Basij" stands for "to amass" (usually people) for a common goal (often offensive action).

Example sentence(s):
  • Basijis attacked the students' demonstration.
  • بسیجی ها به تظاهرات دانشجویان حمله کردند.
Fred Bidel
Local time: 19:20
Native speaker of: Native in Farsi (Persian)Farsi (Persian), Native in EnglishEnglish
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