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Donatist

[ don-uh-tist, doh-nuh- ]

noun

  1. a member of a Christian sect that developed in northern Africa in a.d. 311 and maintained that it alone constituted the whole and only true church and that baptisms and ordinations of the orthodox clergy were invalid.


Donatist

/ ˈdəʊnətɪst /

noun

  1. a member of a schismatic heretical Christian sect originating in N Africa in 311 ad , that maintained that it alone constituted the true church


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Derived Forms

  • ˈDonaˌtism, noun

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Other Words From

  • Dona·tism noun
  • Dona·tistic Dona·tisti·cal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Donatist1

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin Dōnātista; Donatus, -ist

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Donatist1

C15: from Late Latin Dōnātista a follower of Dōnātus , bishop of Carthage

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Example Sentences

A fourth part of the Donatist bishops followed the independent standard of the Maximianists.

At that moment the Donatist Purpuris brutally thrust off the bishop and took his place on the tribune.

So the unity of external organization was emphasized when it was threatened by the Gnostic, Novatian, and Donatist controversies.

The Donatist schism (see Donatists) occasioned a number of important synods.

Faustinus, a Donatist, his persecution of the Catholics, 353.

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