Bezpopovets

noun

Bez·​po·​po·​vets
ˌbes-pə-ˈpȯ-vəts,
ˌbez-
plural Bezpopovtsy
ˌbes-pə-ˈpȯft-sē,
ˌbez-
: a member of a Raskolnik priestless sect in Russia compare popovets

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bezpopovets. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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