Definition of Anabaptism in English:

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Anabaptism

Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈbapˌtizəm/

noun

The doctrine that baptism should only be administered to believing adults, held by a radical Protestant sect that emerged during the 1520s and 1530s.
Example sentences
  • Lutheranism had already taken root as had Anabaptism so Calvinism was seen as another protest religion in a ever crowded field.
  • Calvinism and Anabaptism served as pivotal influences.
  • Even more extreme sects inspired by Lutheranism flourished, such as Anabaptism.

Derivatives

Anabaptist

Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈbaptəst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • The region was a mixture of Calvinists, Lutherans, Catholics and Anabaptists.
  • But what can we say of the barbarity of Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli, who cracked down mercilessly on the radical Anabaptists and other dissenters after risking their own lives for religious liberty?
  • Catholics, along with Lutherans and Calvinists in Europe, fiercely persecuted the Anabaptists, and for four hundred years there had been few efforts at reconciliation.

Origin

Mid 16th century: via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek anabaptismos, from ana- 'over again' + baptismos 'baptism'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: An·a·bap·tism

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