Po·​po·​vets | \ pəˈpȯvə̇ts \
plural Popovtsy\ -​ȯftsē \

Definition of Popovets

: 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

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History and Etymology for Popovets

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 13 Aug. 2020.

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