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  1. a person who is a specialist in canon law.
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Origin of canonist

1350–1400; Middle English. See canon1, -ist
Related formscan·on·is·tic, can·on·is·ti·cal, adjective
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Related Words for canonist

devotee, adherent, disciple, follower, zealot, supporter, convert, freak, proselyte, apostle, prophet, doctrinaire, religionist, canonist, upholder, dogmatist, acceptor, orthodox

Examples from the Web for canonist

Historical Examples of canonist

  • Stephen of Tournai, a canonist of the twelfth century, recognizes the two powers; but he only knows one society, under one king.

    The Unity of Civilization


  • His life under these circumstances continued to be simply that of a physician and canonist.

  • In 1874 Father Camillo Tarquini was raised to the cardinalate for his ability as a canonist.

    The Jesuits, 1534-1921

    Thomas J. Campbell

  • Joannes of Lignano, near Milan, a canonist and natural philosopher, who flourished about 1378.

    Chaucer for Children

    Mrs. H. R. Haweis

  • Linian; 'the canonist Giovanni di Lignano, once illustrious, now forgotten, though several works of his remain.

British Dictionary definitions for canonist


  1. a specialist in canon law
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