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Baptist

[bap-tist] /ˈbæp tɪst/
noun
1.
a member of a Christian denomination that baptizes believers by immersion and that is usually Calvinistic in doctrine.
2.
(lowercase) a person who baptizes.
3.
the Baptist, John the Baptist.
adjective
4.
Also, Baptistic. of or relating to Baptists or their doctrines or practices.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English baptiste < Old French < Late Latin baptista < Greek baptistḗs, equivalent to bapt(ízein) to baptize + -istēs -ist
Related forms
non-Baptist, noun, adjective
pro-Baptist, adjective, noun
pseudo-Baptist, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Baptist

Baptist

/ˈbæptɪst/
noun
1.
a member of any of various Christian sects that affirm the necessity of baptism (usually of adults and by immersion) following a personal profession of the Christian faith
2.
the Baptist, See John the Baptist
adjective
3.
denoting, relating to, or characteristic of any Christian sect that affirms the necessity of baptism following a personal profession of the Christian faith
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Word Origin and History for Baptist

baptist

n.

c.1200, "one who baptizes;" see baptize + -ist. As "member of a Protestant sect that believes in adult baptism by immersion" (with capital B-), attested from 1654; their opponents called them anabaptists.

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