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Protestant Syllabification: Prot·es·tant
Pronunciation: /ˈprädəstənt/

Definition of Protestant in English:


A member or follower of any of the Western Christian churches that are separate from the Roman Catholic Church and follow the principles of the Reformation, including the Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches.

Protestants are so called after the declaration (protestatio) of Martin Luther and his supporters dissenting from the decision of the Diet of Spires (1529), which reaffirmed the edict of the Diet of Worms against the Reformation. All Protestants reject the authority of the papacy, both religious and political, and find authority in the text of the Bible

Example sentences
  • The building was first founded as a Huguenot Church for Protestants fleeing Catholic oppression in France.
  • Evangelical Protestants sought the reformation of society as well as individuals.
  • It's a minority Church also in the north of Ireland where most Protestants are Presbyterians.


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Of, relating to, or belonging to any of the Protestant churches.
Example sentences
  • He soon determined to have Protestant religion in the land and devotion to the Bible.
  • What is disturbing is that eighty per cent of these converts come from Protestant church backgrounds.
  • The sheer diversity of Protestant churches, all of which recognize the same canon, is ample proof of this.


Mid 16th century: via German or French from Latin protestant- 'protesting', from protestari (see protest).



Pronunciation: /ˌprätəstəntəˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • The object, as many pietists put it, was to ‘Christianize the Catholics,’ to force Catholic and Lutheran children into public schools, which could then be used as an instrument of pietist Protestantization.
  • The other significant trend within the Protestantization process in Mexico is its increasing regionalization, or, strictly speaking, geographical shift of the ‘weight’ of the process.
  • Furthermore, not only have the advocates of the Protestantization process often exaggerated its impact - so have its critics.


Pronunciation: /ˈprädəst(ə)nˌtīz/
Example sentences
  • If you want to Protestantize the Catholic Church, you're going to get Protestant-type results.
  • This finally leads me to his claim in his second article that following the Second Vatican Council the Mass was ‘Protestantised’.
  • This group of believers is actively resisting increasing social ‘Protestatization’ with a ‘Protestantized’ Catholicism.

Words that rhyme with Protestant

irritant • incapacitant

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