Anabaptist meaning

ănə-băptĭst
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.
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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.
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A member of a radical wing of Christians during the Protestant Reformation (such as a Mennonite, an Amish person, a Hutterite).
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(obsolete, slang) A pickpocket caught in the act, and punished with the discipline of the pump or horse-pond.
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A member of any of several present-day churches.
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Of this sect.
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Origin of anabaptist

  • From Late Greek anabaptizein to baptize again Greek ana- ana- Greek baptizein to baptize (from baptein to dip)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition