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Raskolnik

[ruh-skawl-nik]
noun, plural Ras·kol·niks, Ras·kol·ni·ki [ruh-skawl-ni-kee] /rəˈskɔl nɪˌki/.
  1. 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.
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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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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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