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Mennonite

[men-uh-nahyt] /ˈmɛn əˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
a member of an evangelical Protestant sect, originating in Europe in the 16th century, that opposes infant baptism, practices baptism of believers only, restricts marriage to members of the denomination, opposes war and bearing arms, and is noted for simplicity of living and plain dress.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < German Mennonit; named after Menno Simons (1492-1559), Frisian religious leader; see -ite1
Related forms
Mennonitism, noun
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Mennonite

/ˈmɛnəˌnaɪt/
noun
1.
a member of a Protestant sect that rejects infant baptism, Church organization, and the doctrine of transubstantiation and in most cases refuses military service, public office, and the taking of oaths
Derived Forms
Mennonitism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from German Mennonit, after Menno Simons (1496–1561), Frisian religious leader
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Word Origin and History for Mennonite
n.

member of an Anabaptist sect, 1560s, from name of Menno Simons (1492-1559), founder of the sect in Friesland, + -ite (1). As an adjective by 1727. Alternative form Mennonist (n.) attested from 1640s.

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