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Origin of Protestant
OTHER WORDS FROM Protestantan·ti-Prot·es·tant, noun, adjectivenon-Prot·es·tant, noun, adjectivepro-Prot·es·tant, adjective, nounun·prot·es·tant, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for protestant
- an adherent of Protestantism
- (as modifier)the Protestant Church
Cultural definitions for protestant
A Christian belonging to one of the three great divisions of Christianity (the other two are the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church). Protestantism began during the Renaissance as a protest against the established (Roman Catholic) church (see also established church). That protest, led by Martin Luther, was called the Reformation, because it sprang from a desire to reform the church and cleanse it of corruption, such as the selling of indulgences.