Definition of Lutheran in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈluːθ(ə)r(ə)n/


1A follower of Martin Luther.
Example sentences
  • The region was a mixture of Calvinists, Lutherans, Catholics and Anabaptists.
  • But as the Sea Beggars got stronger, they started to persecute Catholics, Anabaptists and Lutherans.
  • In the post-Reformation period the church divided into Calvinist, Lutheran, and Anabaptist camps, and the issue has gone unresolved until the present day.
1.1A member of the Lutheran Church.
Example sentences
  • Among Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Disciples of Christ, and Methodists, an infant is baptized into the body of believers and of Christ by sprinkling water on its head.
  • Although most ethnic Hungarians belong to the Reformed church, Lutherans constitute the country's largest Protestant denomination.
  • Those who remained religious fell into three separate groups: Laestadians, Lutherans, and free church Protestants.


1Of or characterized by the theology of Martin Luther.
Example sentences
  • There's that understanding of the Word of God, and the performative, effectual nature of the Word of God, which under-girds Lutheran theology and Lutheran worship and Bach's music.
  • Where are the limits and weaknesses of Lutheran theology?
  • Compatible, perhaps, with a Lutheran theology of the cross, Peters's view of the cosmic dance is cruciform.
1.1Relating to the Lutheran Church.
Example sentences
  • In the Lutheran churches with which Anglicans are now in full communion, confirmation-laying on of hands-has historically been administered by presbyters.
  • Anglican and Lutheran churches in Canada have approved a full communion agreement modeled on a similar accord drafted by their sister churches in the United States.
  • The substantial differences between Calvinist / Reformed and Lutheran views divided Protestants in England as much as on the continent.



Pronunciation: /ˈluːθ(ə)r(ə)nɪz(ə)m/
Example sentences
  • He's blasted the Blairite champagne socialists and denounced dog owners, tattooed goths, and the Presbyterians who believe Lutheranism is a form of crazed hedonism.
  • The Protestant Reformation created not only Lutheranism but its archrival, Calvinism, which now joined the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches.
  • Disgusted with the bland, palliative Lutheranism of his day, he stresses duty, self-sacrifice, and total commitment.

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