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covenanter

[ kuhv-uh-nuhn-ter; Scots kuhv-uh-nan-ter ]

noun

  1. a person who makes a covenant.
  2. (initial capital letter) Scottish History. a person who, by solemn agreement, pledged to uphold Presbyterianism, especially an adherent of the National Covenant or the Solemn League and Covenant.


Covenanter

/ ˈkʌvənəntə; ˌkʌvəˈnæntə /

noun

  1. a person upholding the National Covenant of 1638 or the Solemn League and Covenant of 1643 between Scotland and England to establish and defend Presbyterianism


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Word History and Origins

Origin of covenanter1

First recorded in 1630–40; covenant + -er 1

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Example Sentences

It strengthened the Scottish Covenanter in the hour of trial, and the Puritan amid the snows of a strange land.

The patriot is a patriot still; and the covenanter is a covenanter still.

The result was a summons to Court for the repentant Covenanter.

Here we come upon the footsteps of Peden the Covenanter, who was born in this parish, and had his “cave” in the dell.

Scarcely less wide is the difference between the plate armour of an old English baron, and the simple cuirass of a covenanter!

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covenanteeCovenant of the League of Nations