- a person who refuses to take a required oath, as of allegiance.
- (often initial capital letter) English History. any of the clergymen of the Church of England who in 1689 refused to swear allegiance to William and Mary.
Origin of nonjuror
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Examples from the Web for nonjuror
His opinions, as he was a nonjuror, seem not to have been remarkably rigid.The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes
The "Nonjuror" alone survives as a memorial of the Drury season of 1717-18.
Henry Dodwell, the nonjuror, died in 1711, in his seventieth year.The Tatler, Volume 3
The Archbishop himself consecrated: one Nonjuror reading the prayers, another preaching.Stray Studies from England and Italy
John Richard Greene
All the Jacobites in town united to condemn a play, by the author of the "Nonjuror," with Vanbrugh for colleague.
- a person who refuses to take an oath, as of allegiance
- any of a group of clergy in England and Scotland who declined to take the oath of allegiance to William and Mary in 1689
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