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[maw-rey-vee-uh n, moh-]
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  1. pertaining to Moravia or its inhabitants.
  2. of or relating to the religious denomination of Moravians.
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Moravia.
  2. Also called Herrnhuter. a member of a Christian denomination descended from the Bohemian Brethren and holding that the Scriptures are the only rule of faith and practice.
  3. a dialect of Czech spoken in Moravia.
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Origin of Moravian

First recorded in 1545–55; Moravi(a) + -an
Related formsMo·ra·vi·an·ism, noun
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  1. of or relating to Moravia, its people, or their dialect of Czech
  2. of or relating to the Moravian Church
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  1. the Moravian dialect
  2. a native or inhabitant of Moravia
  3. a member of the Moravian Church
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Derived FormsMoravianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for moravian


1550s (n.); 1610s (adj.), from Moravia. From 1746, in reference to the Protestant sect founded in the former German state of Moravia (now in Czech Republic). Related: Moravianism.

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