Baptist

[bap-tist]
noun
  1. a member of a Christian denomination that baptizes believers by immersion and that is usually Calvinistic in doctrine.
  2. (lowercase) a person who baptizes.
  3. the Baptist. John the Baptist.
adjective
  1. Also Bap·tis·tic. of or relating to Baptists or their doctrines or practices.

Origin of Baptist

1150–1200; Middle English baptiste < Old French < Late Latin baptista < Greek baptistḗs, equivalent to bapt(ízein) to baptize + -istēs -ist
Related formsnon-Bap·tist, noun, adjectivepro-Bap·tist, adjective, nounpseu·do-Bap·tist, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for baptist

Contemporary Examples of baptist

Historical Examples of baptist

  • The Baptist pulled off his hat, and apologized, on the ground of illness.

  • The Seventh Day Baptist minister went so fur as to preach at him.

    The Village Watch-Tower

    (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

  • She immediately complied with Mr Baptist's request, and they all went into the cottage.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Mr Baptist was the second, and jogged close after him, looking at no other object.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • He has long been a valued and honored member of the Baptist denomination.


British Dictionary definitions for baptist

Baptist

noun
  1. a member of any of various Christian sects that affirm the necessity of baptism (usually of adults and by immersion) following a personal profession of the Christian faith
  2. the Baptist See John the Baptist
adjective
  1. denoting, relating to, or characteristic of any Christian sect that affirms the necessity of baptism following a personal profession of the Christian faith
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Word Origin and History for baptist
n.

c.1200, "one who baptizes;" see baptize + -ist. As "member of a Protestant sect that believes in adult baptism by immersion" (with capital B-), attested from 1654; their opponents called them anabaptists.

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