presbyterian

[prez-bi-teer-ee-uhn, pres-]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or based on the principle of ecclesiastical government by presbyters or presbyteries.
2.
(initial capital letter) designating or pertaining to various churches having this form of government and professing more or less modified forms of Calvinism.
noun
3.
(initial capital letter) a member of a Presbyterian church; a person who supports Presbyterianism.

Origin:
1635–45; presbytery + -an

non-Presbyterian, adjective, noun
pro-Presbyterian, adjective, noun
pseudo-Presbyterian, adjective, noun
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presbyterian (ˌprɛzbɪˈtɪərɪən)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or designating Church government by presbyters or lay elders
 
n
2.  an upholder of this type of Church government
 
presby'terianism
 
n
 
presbyterian'istic
 
adj

Presbyterian (ˌprɛzbɪˈtɪərɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to any of various Protestant Churches governed by presbyters or lay elders and adhering to various modified forms of Calvinism
 
n
2.  a member of a Presbyterian Church
 
Presby'terianism
 
n

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Presbyterian
1640, as name of Scottish church governed by elders (as opposed to bishops), from presbyter "an elder in a church" (1597), from L.L. presbyter "an elder," from Gk. presbyteros "an elder," also an adj. meaning "older," comparative of presbys "old," possibly originally "one who leads the cattle," from
*pres- "before" + root of bous "cow." Presbytery "a part of a church reserved for the clergy" is recorded from 1412. Meaning "body of elders in the Presbyterian system" is recorded from 1578.
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Their form of church governance is known as presbyterian polity.
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