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[zwing-glee-uh n, swing-, tsving-lee-]
  1. of or relating to Ulrich Zwingli or his doctrines, largely agreeing with those of Luther and offering a distinctive interpretation of the Lord's Supper.
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  1. a follower of Zwingli.
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Origin of Zwinglian

First recorded in 1525–35; Zwingli + -an
Related formsZwing·li·an·ism, nounZwing·li·an·ist, noun, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Luther in fact was never Zwinglian as regards the Communion.

    History of the Great Reformation, Volume IV

    J. H. Merle D'Aubign

  • The document is Calvinist in theology and largely Zwinglian in language.

  • The Zwinglian cook placed a box of many-colored chips in front of him.


    Pierre Benoit

  • That is not Lutheran doctrine, it is not even Zwinglian; it is much nearer the Anabaptist.

  • There were fervent adherents of extreme Swiss doctrines, Calvinistic or Zwinglian; these were also few.

    Ten Tudor Statesmen

    Arthur D. Innes

British Dictionary definitions for zwinglian


  1. an upholder of the religious doctrines or movement of Zwingli
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  1. of or relating to Zwingli, his religious movement, or his doctrines, esp his interpretation of the Eucharist
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Derived FormsZwinglianism, nounZwinglianist, noun
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Word Origin and History for zwinglian


1532, after Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531), Swiss Protestant reformer.

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