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[kam-buh-lahyt, kam-uh-]
noun Usually Disparaging and Offensive.
  1. a member of the Disciples of Christ.
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Origin of Campbellite

1820–30, Americanism; A. Campbell + -ite1

Usage note

A term of mild contempt, Campbellite is also rejected by those to whom the term applies. These Christians prefer to associate themselves with the teachings of Christ, rather than the teachings of Alexander Campbell.
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Examples from the Web for campbellite

Historical Examples of campbellite

  • What was this "Campbellite Church" of which some spoke thus disparagingly?

    The Story of a Life

    J. Breckenridge Ellis

  • After an exploring tour, we found two churches, a Campbellite and a Methodist.

    A Flight in Spring

    J. Harris Knowles

  • He was a Campbellite preacher who, according to Ford, had been a public defaulter and had been "silenced" by his church.

    The Story of the Mormons

    William Alexander Linn

  • I 'longs ter de Christian Chuch, but don't wan'ter be called a "Campbellite."

  • Exceptions should be made in favor of the Christian, or Campbellite, and as a general thing, the M. E. churches.

Word Origin and History for campbellite



1830, follower of Alexander Campbell, preacher from Virginia, U.S.A. They called themselves Disciples.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper