Bez·​po·​po·​vets | \ ˌbes-pə-ˈpȯ-vəts, ˌbez- \
plural Bezpopovtsy\ ˌbes-​pə-​ˈpȯft-​sē , ˌbez-​ \

Definition of Bezpopovets

: a member of a Raskolnik priestless sect in Russia — compare popovets

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History and Etymology for Bezpopovets

Russian, from bez without (from Old Russian) + popov- (plural stem of pop priest, from Old High German pfaffo, from Gothic papa, from Late Greek papas, from Greek, father) + -ets, agent suffix; akin to Old Slavic & Polish bez without, Lithuanian , Sanskrit bahis outside

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“Bezpopovets.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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