Nicolaitan

noun Nic·o·la·i·tan \ˌnikəˈlāətən\

Definition of Nicolaitan

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  one of a group reproved in Revelation 2:6, 14–15 and generally associated with those who were rebuked for eating things offered to idols and for fornication

  2. 2 :  one of a group of 3d century antinomian Gnostics

  3. 3 [Medieval Latin Nicolaitae, plural, Nicolaitans, heretics (from Greek Nikolaitai, plural of Nikolaitēs) + English -an] :  one of the married or concubinary clergy in the medieval period; also :  an opponent of clerical celibacy

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Origin and Etymology of nicolaitan

Middle English Nicholaite Nicolaitan (from Greek Nikolaitēs follower of Nicolaus, from Nikolaos Nicolaus, a reputed heretic + -itēs -ite) + English -an


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