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  1. a Buddhist of the Hinayana school.
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Origin of Hinayanist

First recorded in 1905–10; Hinayan(a) + -ist
Also called Theravadin.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Indeed among the Hinayanist churches that of Burma has in recent centuries held the first place for learning.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3 (of 3)

    Charles Eliot

  • It does not appear that the Hinayanist influence which became predominant in Camboja extended to Champa.

  • But in Hinayanist Buddhism legend and mythology are ornamental, and edifying, nothing more.