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a person who supported the principles of church government advocated by Robert Browne and adopted in modified form by the Independents or Congregationalists
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Brownism, noun
Word Origin
C16: named after Robert Browne (?1550–1633), English Puritan
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  • For "the brownist" read "thinks that Amsterdam is erroneous."

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  • It was at a brownist's house, where we had an extraordinary good table.

  • The oldest of the pilgrim fathers was a Peterhouse man, persecuted in England for his brownist opinions.

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  • Again, is the pulpit of the brownist symbolical; and shall not our font and altar be so at least as much?

  • Hereby a clear foundation is laid for the rigid brownist's confused democracy, and abhorred anarchy.

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