a person who supported the principles of church government advocated by Robert Browne and adopted in modified form by the Independents or Congregationalists

Derived FormsBrownism, noun

Word Origin for Brownist

C16: named after Robert Browne (?1550–1633), English Puritan
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Examples from the Web for brownist

Historical Examples of brownist

  • For "the Brownist" read "thinks that Amsterdam is erroneous."

  • It was at a Brownist's house, where we had an extraordinary good table.

  • The oldest of the pilgrim fathers was a Peterhouse man, persecuted in England for his Brownist opinions.


    Mildred Anna Rosalie Tuker

  • Again, is the pulpit of the Brownist symbolical; and shall not our font and altar be so at least as much?

  • Hereby a clear foundation is laid for the rigid Brownist's confused democracy, and abhorred anarchy.

    The Divine Right of Church Government

    Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London