- a member of the liberal body of Quakers in the U.S., who asserted the sufficiency of the Inner Light in religious life.
Origin of Hicksite
1825–35, Americanism; after Elias Hicks (1748–1830), American Quaker preacher; see -ite1
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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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