Donatism

noun
Do·​na·​tism | \ ˈdō-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce Donatism (audio) , ˈdä- \

Definition of Donatism

: the doctrines of a Christian sect arising in North Africa in 311 and holding that sanctity is essential for the administration of sacraments and church membership

Other Words from Donatism

Donatist \ ˈdō-​nə-​tist How to pronounce Donatist (audio) , ˈdä-​ \ noun

First Known Use of Donatism

1588, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Donatism

Donatus, 4th century bishop of Carthage

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“Donatism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Donatism. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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