Origin of Donatist
Examples from the Web for donatist
He reformed ecclesiastical discipline in Africa, rent by Arian factions and Donatist schismatics.Beacon Lights of History, Volume IV|John Lord
The Donatist treatises have met with little attention from individual editors.
The Donatist controversy was known to me for some years, as has appeared already.Apologia Pro Vita Sua|John Henry Cardinal Newman
A fourth part of the Donatist bishops followed the independent standard of the Maximianists.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
Faustinus, a Donatist, his persecution of the Catholics, 353.
Word Origin for Donatist
mid-15c., adherent of a Christian sect in 4c. North Africa, from Medieval Latin Donatista, from Donatus name of two of the principal men in it. The schism had more to do with episcopal succession in Carthage than with doctrine. The name is literally "bestowed, given."