Definition of sabbatarian in English:

sabbatarian

Line breaks: sab¦ba|tar¦ian
Pronunciation: /ˌsabəˈtɛːrɪən
 
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noun

1A Christian who strictly observes Sunday as the sabbath.
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  • This brought forth the wrath of the strict Sunday observers, and pitched battles, using potatoes, turnips and bottles, were fought between deckhands and smartly - but soberly - dressed sabbatarians.
  • But the Waldensians, encouraged by the Scots, held to the forms shaped by their own traditions and the Swiss Reformation, though they were almost equally resistant to Scots pressures to turn them into sabbatarians.
  • When he published his Entschuldigung at Nikolsburg in 1527 he was not yet a Sabbatarian (as point 7 of the booklet shows) and there is no clue to indicate why he became one.
1.1A Jew who strictly observes the sabbath.
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  • They were being presented to the minds of Jewish sabbatarians of the first century who were keenly sensitive to the Old Testament's teachings.
1.2A Christian belonging to a denomination or sect that observes Saturday as the sabbath.
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  • Traskite Sabbatarians generally held the the following tenets: 1) a literal Fourth Commandment; 2) Christ did not change the Sabbath; 3) God had created the Seventh day to rest.
  • Up to this point, Puritan Sabbatarians argued a dual nature of the Fourth Commandment.

adjective

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Relating to or upholding the observance of the sabbath: they were severely puritanical and sabbatarian in outlook
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  • Anti-Mason inspired social policies favored by Whigs, such as liquor and sabbatarian legislation, funding of educational and reformatory institutions, and to some extent the antislavery impulse of the party's northern wing.
  • The number of ships and passengers involved was large and this gave rise to two other aspects: speed and sabbatarian disapproval.
  • When Count Zinzendorf, the founder of the Moravian church in Germany, visited America in 1741, he was astonished to find the hold the Sabbatarian doctrine had upon the entire German population of Pennsylvania.

Origin

early 17th century: from late Latin sabbatarius (from Latin sabbatum 'sabbath') + -an.

Derivatives

sabbatarianism

noun
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  • The evangelical revival made sabbatarianism fashionable, so that on a Victorian Sunday there was no sport or pleasure, not even reading of serious secular literature.
  • Besides keeping meticulous records, the fifth earl of Huntingdon was a man of exemplary piety, a moderate Calvinist who was obsessed with sabbatarianism.
  • But in the 19th century, this essential work was seriously disrupted by the strict sabbatarianism and stifling dominance of the church.

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