- a member of a Christian sect that developed in northern Africa in a.d. 311 and maintained that it alone constituted the whole and only true church and that baptisms and ordinations of the orthodox clergy were invalid.
Origin of Donatist
Examples from the Web for donatist
The Donatist controversy was known to me for some years, as has appeared already.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
Faustinus, a Donatist, his persecution of the Catholics, 353.Writings in Connection with the Donatist Controversy
The Donatist controversy was known to me for some years, as I have instanced above.Apologia pro Vita Sua
John Henry Newman
He reformed ecclesiastical discipline in Africa, rent by Arian factions and Donatist schismatics.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV
The Donatist controversy sprang out of the Diocletian persecution in the beginning of the century.
- a member of a schismatic heretical Christian sect originating in N Africa in 311 ad, that maintained that it alone constituted the true church
Word Origin and History for donatist
mid-15c., adherent of a Christian sect in 4c. North Africa, from Medieval Latin Donatista, from Donatus name of two of the principal men in it. The schism had more to do with episcopal succession in Carthage than with doctrine. The name is literally "bestowed, given."