A member of an Anabaptist church characterized by nonviolence, refusal to swear oaths, and often simplicity of life.
A member of a Protestant denomination, Anabaptist in origins, founded in the Netherlands in the 16th cent.: Mennonites favor plain dress and oppose military service and the holding of public office.
Of or designating this denomination.
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Origin of mennonite
German Mennonitafter Menno Simons (1492–1559), Frisian religious leader
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Mennonite Sentence Examples
Before the year was out, yielding to the prayer of six or eight persons who had freed themselves from the Munster spell, he agreed to become their minister, and was set apart (January 1537) to the eldership at Groningen, with imposition of hands by Obbe Philipsz, who is regarded as the actual founder of the Mennonite body.
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We searched for a midwife who would attend a home birth, and finally found a Mennonite lady in a nearby community who was willing to help us.
Oaths and the taking of life were absolutely forbidden; hence the magistracy and the army were for the Mennonite unlawful callings; but magistrates were to be obeyed in all things not prohibited by Scripture.
Newton is the centre of the settlements of the German-Russian Mennonites, a thrifty people, who immigrated in 1873 and subsequently; Bethel College (opened 1893) is a Mennonite secondary school, and there is a Mennonite hospital.