[ an-uh-bap-tist ]
/ ˌæn əˈbæp tɪst /


a member of any of various Protestant sects, formed in Europe after 1520, that denied the validity of infant baptism, baptized believers only, and advocated social and economic reforms as well as the complete separation of church and state.
Archaic. Baptist(def 1).


of or relating to Anabaptists or Anabaptism.

Origin of Anabaptist

1525–35; < New Latin anabaptista < Medieval Latin anabapt(īzāre) to rebaptize (< Late Greek anabaptī́zein; see ana-, baptize) + -ista -ist

Related forms

An·a·bap·tism, nounAn·a·bap·tis·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌænəˈbæptɪst) /


a member of any of various 16th-century Protestant movements that rejected infant baptism, insisted that adults be rebaptized, and sought to establish Christian communism
a member of a later Protestant sect holding the same doctrines, esp with regard to baptism


of or relating to these movements or sects or their doctrines

Derived Forms

Anabaptism, noun

Word Origin for Anabaptist

C16: from Ecclesiastical Latin anabaptista, from anabaptīzāre to baptize again, from Late Greek anabaptizein; see ana-, baptize
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