Raskolnik

[ ruh-skawl-nik ]
/ rəˈskɔl nɪk /

noun, plural Ras·kol·niks, Ras·kol·ni·ki [ruh-skawl-ni-kee] /rəˈskɔl nɪˌki/.

a member of any of several sects founded by dissenters from the Russian Orthodox Church who opposed the liturgical reforms of Nikon in the 17th century.

Origin of Raskolnik

< Russian raskólʾnik schismatic, equivalent to raskól split, schism (noun derivative of raskolótʾ to split; ras- v. prefix marking dissolution, fracture + kolotʾ to chop) + -nik agent suffix
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