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[prot-uh-stuh n-tiz-uh m] /ˈprɒt ə stənˌtɪz əm/
the religion of Protestants.
the Protestant churches collectively.
adherence to Protestant principles.
Origin of Protestantism
First recorded in 1640-50; Protestant + -ism
Related forms
anti-Protestantism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This fact is curious, especially in a spot where Protestantism is seen at its best.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • It is one of the penalties of Protestantism that the audiences, after a while, outgrow the preacher.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • His Protestantism was of the most decided character, but he was not a Presbyterian.

    An Orkney Maid Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • They had been for some sessions trading on their Protestantism.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • The primary cause of the French revolution was the exile of Protestantism.

  • The Duke of Orleans may have had sincere predilections for Protestantism.

  • Rogers had been distinguished in the first bright days of Protestantism.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • Do you not then think that Protestantism needs some toning up on this subject?

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • The attack of Protestantism was supported by the full power and authority of the conqueror.

    Home Rule Harold Spender
British Dictionary definitions for Protestantism


the religion or religious system of any of the Churches of Western Christendom that are separated from the Roman Catholic Church and adhere substantially to principles established by Luther, Calvin, etc, in the Reformation
the Protestant Churches collectively
adherence to the principles of the Reformation
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Word Origin and History for Protestantism

1640s, from French protestantisme or else formed from Protestant + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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