plural -s
: 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
: one of a group of 3d century antinomian Gnostics
[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

Word History


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

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“Nicolaitan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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