plural Popovtsy
: a member of one of the major groups of the Raskolnik in Russia which maintains the hierarchical structure of episcopate and priesthood and is thereby distinguished from the priestless branch of the Bezpopovtsy compare bezpopovets

Word History


Russian, from popov- (plural stem of pop priest) + -ets agent suffix

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“Popovets.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Popovets. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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