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  1. a member of the liberal body of Quakers in the U.S., who asserted the sufficiency of the Inner Light in religious life.
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Origin of Hicksite

1825–35, Americanism; after Elias Hicks (1748–1830), American Quaker preacher; see -ite1
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Examples from the Web for hicksite

Historical Examples of hicksite

  • My ancestors were Quakers, and my grandfather a Hicksite Quaker.

    Steve P. Holcombe, the Converted Gambler

    Rev. Gross Alexander

  • I incline to think you right in supposing a connection between the Paine excitement and the Hicksite movement.

Word Origin and History for hicksite


1828, noun and adjective, in reference to a seceding group of American Quakers, from the name of their spiritual leader, Elias Hicks. The remainder were known as Orthodox Friends.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper