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[prot-uh-stuh n-tiz-uh m] /ˈprɒt ə stənˌtɪz əm/
the religion of Protestants.
the Protestant churches collectively.
adherence to Protestant principles.
Origin of Protestantism
1640-50; Protestant + -ism
Related forms
anti-Protestantism, noun Unabridged
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  • Once more I deem it a pity that Protestantism should have entirely laid aside this mode of appealing to the religious sentiment.

  • It is one of the penalties of Protestantism that the audiences, after a while, outgrow the preacher.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • The father would have permitted Protestantism if Protestantism would have submitted to universal monarchy.

  • The primary cause of the French revolution was the exile of Protestantism.

  • Protestantism certainly has placed the Bible on the dissecting table and dismembered it in a manner wholly unknown before.

  • Rogers had been distinguished in the first bright days of Protestantism.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • Protestantism, in spite of its personal status, wished to revert to primitive Christianity.

    Egotism in German Philosophy George Santayana
  • “The religious life of Protestantism suffers from the want of them,” he said.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • Gradually it is becoming plain that historical Protestantism has no longer a raison d'tre between pure liberty and pure authority.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
British Dictionary definitions for Protestantism


the religion or religious system of any of the Churches of Western Christendom that are separated from the Roman Catholic Church and adhere substantially to principles established by Luther, Calvin, etc, in the Reformation
the Protestant Churches collectively
adherence to the principles of the Reformation
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Word Origin and History for Protestantism

1640s, from French protestantisme or else formed from Protestant + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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