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[ri-demp-ter-ist] /rɪˈdɛmp tər ɪst/
noun, Roman Catholic Church.
a member of the “Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer,” founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori in 1732.
Origin of Redemptorist
1825-35; < French rédemptoriste < Late Latin redēmptor (Latin redēm-, variant stem of redimere to redeem + -tor -tor; cf. emptor) + French -iste -ist Unabridged
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(RC Church) a member of a religious congregation founded in 1732 to do missionary work among the poor
Word Origin
C19: from French redemptoriste, from Old French or Latin redemptor, from Latin redimere, see redeem
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member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (founded Naples, 1732, by St. Alphonsus Liguori), 1835 in English. Fem. form is Redemptoristine.

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