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[meth-uh-diz-uh m] /ˈmɛθ əˌdɪz əm/
the doctrines, polity, beliefs, and methods of worship of the Methodists.
(lowercase) the act or practice of working, proceeding, etc., according to some method or system.
(lowercase) an excessive use of or preoccupation with methods, systems, or the like.
Origin of Methodism
1730-40; method + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For those unacquainted with the mechanism of Methodism, it may be well briefly to state what were this person's functions.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3) Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • The story of Methodism in Newfoundland, reads like a bit of romance.

    William Black John Maclean
  • By the time that Fletcher became acquainted with Methodism it had passed through some important stages of its history.

    Fletcher of Madeley Frederic W. Macdonald
  • Dr. Ryerson felt that it was a memorable day in the annals of Methodism in Toronto.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • It is hoped that Methodism will abide by its doctrinal creed, for by it all its victories have been achieved.

  • There never was a meeting in Methodism like the one at City Road.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • Methodism, of course, brings to my mind a long train of early associations.

  • It was not an occasion upon which to vindicate Methodism in an argument.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife Corra Harris
  • Something may have been lost when Methodism moved from its academic birthplace into the work-day world, but more was gained.

    Fletcher of Madeley Frederic W. Macdonald
  • Did it not savour strongly of dissent, Methodism, and similar low stuff?

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for Methodism


the system and practices of the Methodist Church, developed by John Wesley and his followers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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