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Lollard

[lol-erd] /ˈlɒl ərd/
noun
1.
an English or Scottish follower of the religious teachings of John Wycliffe from the 14th to the 16th centuries.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle Dutch lollaert mumbler (of prayers), equivalent to loll(en) to mumble (see lull) + -aert -ard
Related forms
Lollardy, Lollardry, Lollardism, noun
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  • Outside of the twelve conclusions, the lollards had many beliefs and traditions.
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British Dictionary definitions for lollards

Lollard

/ˈlɒləd/
noun
1.
(English history) a follower of John Wycliffe during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries
Derived Forms
Lollardy, Lollardry, Lollardism, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch; mutterer, from lollen to mumble (prayers)
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Word Origin and History for lollards

Lollard

name for certain heretics, late 14c. (in Chaucer, Loller, c.1386), from Middle Dutch lollaerd, applied pejoratively to members of reforming sects c.1300 who devoted themselves to the care of the sick and poor, literally "mumbler, mutterer," so called by critics who regarded them as heretics pretending to humble piety, from lollen "to mumble or doze." Generic late Middle English term for groups suspected of heresy, especially followers of John Wyclif.

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