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Lutheran

[loo-ther-uh n] /ˈlu θər ən/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Luther, adhering to his doctrines, or belonging to one of the Protestant churches that bear his name.
noun
2.
a follower of Luther or an adherent of his doctrines; a member of the Lutheran Church.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; Luther + -an
Related forms
Lutheranism, Lutherism, noun
non-Lutheran, adjective, noun
pre-Lutheran, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lutheranism

Lutheran

/ˈluːθərən/
noun
1.
a follower of Martin Luther or a member of a Lutheran Church
adjective
2.
of or relating to Luther or his doctrines, the most important being justification by faith alone, consubstantiation, and the authority of the Bible
3.
of or denoting any Protestant Church that follows Luther's doctrines
Derived Forms
Lutheranism, noun
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Word Origin and History for lutheranism

Lutheran

1521, from name of German religious reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546); used by Catholics 16c. in reference to all Protestants, regardless of sect. Related: Lutheranism.

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