Do·​na·​tism ˈdō-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce Donatism (audio)
: 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
Donatist noun

Word History


Donatus, 4th century bishop of Carthage

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Donatism was in 1588

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“Donatism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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