Donatism

noun

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

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Donatism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Donatism. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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