the Jews as being God's chosen people. Deut. 14:2.
(usually initial capital letters) a name adopted by certain fundamentalist Christian sects, signifying their refusal to conform to any rule of conduct that is contrary to the letter or spirit of the Bible.
Origin of peculiar people
First recorded in 1485–95
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(sometimes capitals) a small sect of faith healers founded in London in 1838, having no ministers or external organization
the Jews considered as God's elect
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