a member of a North African Christian sect that flourished in the 4th cent., noted for rigorous standards of morality and sanctity, esp. as they applied to the clergy
Origin of DonatistMedieval Latin Donatista, after Donatus, Bishop of Casae Nigrae, founder of the sect
A member of a rigoristic, schismatic Christian sect, strongly opposed by Saint Augustine, that arose in North Africa in the fourth century AD and believed in sanctity as requisite for church membership and administration of all sacraments.
Origin of DonatistMedieval Latin Donatista, after Donatus, fourth-century AD ecclesiastic and rival claimant of the bishopric of Carthage.
- (Christianity) A follower of Donatus Magnus or one who supports the belief of donatism.