Nic·​o·​de·​mite | \ˌnikəˈdēˌmīt\
plural -s

Definition of Nicodemite 

: a secret follower or adherent specifically : a 16th century Protestant Christian who lived in a Roman Catholic country and escaped persecution by concealing his or her Protestantism

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History and Etymology for Nicodemite

Nicodemus, the Jewish ruler who came to Jesus by night (from Latin, from Greek Nikodēmos) (John 3:1–21) + English -ite

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