Raskolnik

Raskolnik

[ruh-skawl-nik]
noun, plural Raskolniks, Raskolniki [ruh-skawl-ni-kee] .
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.


Origin:
< 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 Rus. Raskolnik "separatise," from raskol "schism, separation." The schism was a result of reforms by Patriarch Nikon in 1667.
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