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Donatist

[don-uh-tist, doh-nuh-] /ˈdɒn ə tɪst, ˈdoʊ nə-/
noun
1.
a member of a Christian sect that developed in northern Africa in a.d. 311 and maintained that it alone constituted the whole and only true church and that baptisms and ordinations of the orthodox clergy were invalid.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin Dōnātista; see Donatus, -ist
Related forms
Donatism, noun
Donatistic, Donatistical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Donatist

Donatist

/ˈdəʊnətɪst/
noun
1.
a member of a schismatic heretical Christian sect originating in N Africa in 311 ad, that maintained that it alone constituted the true church
Derived Forms
Donatism, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin Dōnātista a follower of Dōnātus, bishop of Carthage
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Word Origin and History for Donatist
n.

mid-15c., adherent of a Christian sect in 4c. North Africa, from Medieval Latin Donatista, from Donatus name of two of the principal men in it. The schism had more to do with episcopal succession in Carthage than with doctrine. The name is literally "bestowed, given."

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