Donatism

noun
Do·na·tism | \ˈdō-nə-ˌti-zəm, 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 \-tist \ 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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