Definition of Wesleyan in English:

Wesleyan

Line breaks: Wes|ley¦an
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛzlɪən
 
, ˈwɛs-/

adjective

Relating to or denoting the teachings of John Wesley or the main branch of the Methodist Church which he founded.
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  • From unassuming beginnings in the 1760s, Wesleyan Methodists had achieved many successes in America by the close of the eighteenth century.
  • Forty-four percent of Tongans belong to the Free Wesleyan Church.
  • I devoted my life to God as his servant in a conservative Pentecostal movement… the Apostolic church, I attended a largely mainline Protestant bible college and now I am part of the Wesleyan Methodist church.

noun

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A follower of Wesley or adherent of the main Methodist tradition.
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  • The various branches of Methodism - Wesleyans, Primitive Methodists, and Bible Christians - united in 1902, ahead of a similar union in Britain.
  • Conflict between the Wesleyans and the Anglican Missionary Society caused the stations to be abandoned in 1836.
  • In 1900, the Bible Christians, who had been active since 1879, combined with the Wesleyans to form the Methodists and became part of the Johnburgh Carrieton United Methodist Circuit.

Derivatives

Wesleyanism

noun
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  • Rejecting the characterization of Wesleyanism as ‘Scriptural Christianity,’ his unflattering portrait emphasizes the ‘enthusiastic’ side that paralleled Catholicism.
  • Neither was Wesleyanism the source of evangelical Anglicanism, which Kent identifies instead as being the single-issue societies such as the anti-slavery movement.
  • He elevates Wesley and Wesleyanism to too momentous a role in British history although this is necessary to build up the book's importance.

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