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[loo-ther-uh n]
  1. of or relating to Luther, adhering to his doctrines, or belonging to one of the Protestant churches that bear his name.
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  1. a follower of Luther or an adherent of his doctrines; a member of the Lutheran Church.
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Origin of Lutheran

First recorded in 1515–25; Luther + -an
Related formsLu·ther·an·ism, Lu·ther·ism, nounnon-Lu·ther·an, adjective, nounpre-Lu·ther·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of lutheranism

  • He was told that the "Lutheranism" of certain judges was now manifest.

    The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)

    Henry Martyn Baird

  • And as Charles dealt with Luther so he dealt with Lutheranism.

  • Lutheranism is dead and gone; but nothing has been substituted for it.

  • Calvinism was to be placed on the same footing as Lutheranism.

    The Thirty Years' War

    Samuel Rawson Gardiner

  • She must be steeped in Lutheranism to be in Magdeburg during the siege.

    The Mercenary

    W. J. Eccott

British Dictionary definitions for lutheranism


  1. a follower of Martin Luther or a member of a Lutheran Church
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  1. of or relating to Luther or his doctrines, the most important being justification by faith alone, consubstantiation, and the authority of the Bible
  2. of or denoting any Protestant Church that follows Luther's doctrines
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Derived FormsLutheranism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lutheranism


1521, from name of German religious reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546); used by Catholics 16c. in reference to all Protestants, regardless of sect. Related: Lutheranism.

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