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Wesleyan

[wes-lee-uh n, wez-] /ˈwɛs li ən, ˈwɛz-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to John Wesley, founder of Methodism.
2.
pertaining to Methodism.
noun
3.
a follower of John Wesley.
4.
Chiefly British. a Methodist.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; Wesley + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Wesleyan

Wesleyan

/ˈwɛzlɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or deriving from John Wesley
2.
of, relating to, or characterizing Methodism, esp in its original form or as upheld by the branch of the Methodist Church known as the Wesleyan Methodists
noun
3.
a follower of John Wesley
4.
a member of the Methodist Church or (formerly) of the Wesleyan Methodists
Derived Forms
Wesleyanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Wesleyan
adj.

"pertaining to Wesley," 1771, in reference to John Wesley (1703-1791), founder of Methodism. The surname is from various places in England named West Leigh (or some variant).

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