- 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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Examples from the Web for raskolnik
Raskolnik, Religious Madmen, opponents to Nicon's reforms, 146.
A Raskolnik and a member of the orthodox Church were drinking together, when the latter took a cigar.
A Raskolnik told this prelate, "We would as lief lose our heads as our beard."
They hated her when she persecuted the raskolnik or Old Believers, that is, the men who objected to the reforms of Nicon.
Word Origin and History for raskolnik
"dissenter from the Russian Church, an Old Believer," 1723, from Russian Raskolnik "separatist," from raskol "schism, separation." The schism was a result of reforms by Patriarch Nikon in 1667.
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