Ana·​bap·​tist ˌa-nə-ˈbap-tist How to pronounce Anabaptist (audio)
: a Protestant sectarian of a radical movement arising in the 16th century and advocating the baptism and church membership of adult believers only, nonresistance, and the separation of church and state
Anabaptist adjective

Examples of Anabaptist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Karl Stutzman is the director of library services at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind. David Streitfeld, New York Times, 13 Aug. 2023 Engels saw in the ideas of the Anabaptist Thomas Müntzer, leader of the sixteenth-century Peasants’ Revolt in Central Europe, a precursor of modern communism. Michael Robbins, Harper's Magazine, 9 Nov. 2022 The word Anabaptist is derived from their founding belief that only baptisms performed on adults were legitimate, a deeply heretical position at the time. Kelsey Osgood, The Atlantic, 28 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1531, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Anabaptist was in 1531

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“Anabaptist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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