Definition of Lollard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlälərd/


A follower of John Wycliffe. The Lollards believed that the church should aid people to live a life of evangelical poverty and imitate Jesus Christ. Their ideas influenced the thought of John Huss, who in turn influenced Martin Luther.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˌdizəm/


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.


Originally a derogatory term, derived from a Dutch word meaning 'mumbler', based on lollen 'to mumble'.

Words that rhyme with Lollard

collard, pollard

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Syllabification: Lol·lard

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