A member of a Russian Christian movement founded in the 1700s, many of whom migrated to Canada in the 1890s to escape persecution for their views, which included rejection of ecclesiastical and state authority.
A member of a pacifistic, nonritualistic, mystical religious sect that separated (1785) from the Eastern Orthodox Church: in the 1890s, many members emigrated to W Canada.
Origin of dukhobor
- Russian Dukhobor dukh spirit, Holy Ghost -bor fighter (from borot'sya to fight)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition