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[prot-uh-stuh n-tiz-uh m]
  1. the religion of Protestants.
  2. the Protestant churches collectively.
  3. adherence to Protestant principles.
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Origin of Protestantism

First recorded in 1640–50; Protestant + -ism
Related formsan·ti-Prot·es·tant·ism, noun
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  • This fact is curious, especially in a spot where Protestantism is seen at its best.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • It is one of the penalties of Protestantism that the audiences, after a while, outgrow the preacher.

  • His Protestantism was of the most decided character, but he was not a Presbyterian.

    An Orkney Maid

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

  • They had been for some sessions trading on their Protestantism.

  • The primary cause of the French revolution was the exile of Protestantism.

British Dictionary definitions for protestantism


  1. the religion or religious system of any of the Churches of Western Christendom that are separated from the Roman Catholic Church and adhere substantially to principles established by Luther, Calvin, etc, in the Reformation
  2. the Protestant Churches collectively
  3. adherence to the principles of the Reformation
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Word Origin and History for protestantism



1640s, from French protestantisme or else formed from Protestant + -ism.

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