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Mormon

[mawr-muh n]
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noun
  1. the popular name given to a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  2. See under Book of Mormon.
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Related formsMor·mon·ism, nounnon-Mor·mon, noun, adjective

Book of Mormon

noun
  1. a sacred book of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believed by members of the church to be an abridgment by a prophet (Mormon) of a record of certain ancient peoples in America, written on golden plates, and discovered and translated (1827–30) by Joseph Smith.
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Book of Mormon

noun
  1. a sacred book of the Mormon Church, believed by Mormons to be a history of certain ancient peoples in America, written on golden tablets (now lost) and revealed by the prophet Mormon to Joseph Smith
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Mormon

noun
  1. a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, founded in 1830 at La Fayette, New York, by Joseph Smith
  2. a prophet whose supposed revelations were recorded by Joseph Smith in the Book of Mormon
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Mormons, their Church, or their beliefs
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Derived FormsMormonism, noun
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Word Origin and History for mormons

Mormon

n.

1830, coined by religion founder Joseph Smith (1805-1844) in Seneca County, N.Y., from Mormon, supposed prophet and author of "The Book of Mormon," explained by Smith as meaning more mon, from English more + Egyptian mon "good." As an adjective by 1842. Related: Mormonism.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mormons in Culture

Mormons

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; a religion that originated in the United States in the nineteenth century, with teachings based on the Bible (see also Bible) and the Book of Mormon. In Mormon belief, the Book of Mormon was revealed to the founder of the church, Joseph Smith, in the early nineteenth century. When the beliefs of the Mormons brought them into conflict with some of their neighbors, they moved to western territories under the leadership of Brigham Young.

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The land the Mormons eventually settled in the West became the state of Utah, where Mormons still form a majority.

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The Mormons were once controversial because they engaged in polygamy, but the church no longer sanctions the practice.
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