a member of a radical 16th-cent. sect of the Reformation originating in Switzerland, often persecuted because they opposed the taking of oaths, infant baptism, military service, and the holding of public office
Origin of AnabaptistModern Latin anabaptista ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin anabaptismus ; from Ecclesiastical Greek anabaptismos, second baptism ; from anabaptizein ; from ana-, again + baptizein, baptize
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An adherent of a Protestant religious movement that began in 16th-century Europe, viewing baptism solely as an external sign of a believer's conscious acceptance of faith, rejecting infant baptism, advocating the separation of church from state, and practicing simple living and the shunning of nonbelievers.
Origin of AnabaptistFrom Late Greek anabaptizein, to baptize again : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek baptizein, to baptize (from baptein, to dip).
- (obsolete, slang) A pickpocket caught in the act, and punished with the discipline of the pump or horse-pond.