[kong-gri-gey-shuh-nl-iz-uh m]


a form of Protestant church government in which each local religious society is independent and self-governing.
(initial capital letter) the system of government and doctrine of Congregational churches.

Origin of congregationalism

First recorded in 1640–50; congregational + -ism
Related formscon·gre·ga·tion·al·ist, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for congregationalist

Historical Examples of congregationalist

  • The Rev. Mr. Porter, a Congregationalist missionary, also labored here.

    Old Mackinaw

    W. P. Strickland.

  • Parson Dorrance had in his youth been settled as a Congregationalist minister.

    Mercy Philbrick's Choice

    Helen Hunt Jackson

  • You're more conscientious than the worst kind of Congregationalist.

    A Pair of Patient Lovers

    William Dean Howells

  • The Congregationalist, as far as I can learn, is very near to a Presbyterian.

  • I preached on the wharf to a large throng in the afternoon, and at night heard a celebrated Congregationalist.

    The Story of a Life

    J. Breckenridge Ellis

British Dictionary definitions for congregationalist



a system of Christian doctrines and ecclesiastical government in which each congregation is self-governing and maintains bonds of faith with other similar local congregations
Derived FormsCongregationalist, adjective, noun
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