noun Roman Catholic Church.

a member of the “Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer,” founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori in 1732.

Origin of Redemptorist

1825–35; < French rédemptoriste < Late Latin redēmptor (Latin redēm-, variant stem of redimere to redeem + -tor -tor; cf. emptor) + French -iste -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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RC Church a member of a religious congregation founded in 1732 to do missionary work among the poor

Word Origin for Redemptorist

C19: from French redemptoriste, from Old French or Latin redemptor, from Latin redimere, see redeem
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Word Origin and History for redemptorist



member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (founded Naples, 1732, by St. Alphonsus Liguori), 1835 in English. Fem. form is Redemptoristine.

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