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  1. a member of the religious reformist and nationalistic movement initiated by John Huss in Bohemia in the late 14th century.
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  1. of or relating to John Huss or the Hussites.
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Origin of Hussite

First recorded in 1525–35; Huss + -ite1
Related formsHuss·it·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for hussite

Historical Examples

  • What need to tell here the blood-curdling story of the Hussite Wars?

    History of the Moravian Church

    J. E. Hutton

  • It was in this form that the Hussite theories were absorbed by the German mind.

  • The Hussite wars will be treated as forerunners of the Reformation.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine

    John Frederick Herbart

  • The Hussite Wars were perhaps glorious – but they were also irrevocably destructive.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The Hussite troubles caused a complete interruption of the work.

    The Story of Prague

    Count Francis Ltzow

British Dictionary definitions for hussite


  1. an adherent of the religious ideas of John Huss or a member of the movement initiated by him
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  1. of or relating to John Huss, his teachings, followers, etc
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Derived FormsHussism or Hussitism, noun
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Word Origin and History for hussite


1530s, follower of John Huss, Bohemian religious reformer burnt in 1415. His name is an abbreviation of the name of his native village, Husinec, literally "goose-pen."

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