Definition of Lollard in English:
A follower of John Wyclif. The Lollards believed that the Church should help people to live a life of evangelical poverty and imitate Christ. Their ideas influenced the thought of John Huss, who in turn influenced Martin Luther.
- Today, our increasingly ‘mediaeval’ nation needs to be viewed through the eyes of John Wyclif and his Lollards.
- In doctrinal matters, there were heretics like the Lollards, Hussites, Waldensians and others - these were the sectarian groups who uttered sedition and blasphemy.
- The followers of Wycliffe's ideas, known as Lollards, were vociferous in support of such demands.
originally a derogatory term, derived from a Dutch word meaning 'mumbler', based on lollen 'to mumble'.
- Example sentences
- Although England, like Bohemia, had its own indigenous mediaeval heresy in Lollardy, Luther's attack on the church had initially produced little resonance in England.
- A distracted state and church now believed Lollardy to be a spent force.
- It may be that the infrequent public burnings (usually of non-townsmen) were sufficient encouragement to conformity, actual or disguised, in the period of Lollardy.
Definition of Lollard in:
- US English dictionary