noun (1)
Sab·​ba·​tian | \ səˈbāsh(ē)ən \
plural -s

Definition of Sabbatian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of the followers of the Novatian presbyter Sabbatius who held that Easter and the feast of the Passover should be kept at the same time by Christians and Jews


noun (2)
Sab·​ba·​ti·​an | \ ˌsabəˈtīən \
variants: or Shabbathaian or Shabbethaian \ ˌshabəˈtīən \
plural -s

Definition of Sabbatian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a follower of the cabalist Sabbatai Zebi who proclaimed himself the Messiah and was accepted as such by many Jews — compare dönmeh

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History and Etymology for Sabbatian

Noun (1)

Sabbatius, 4th century a.d. Novatian presbyter + English -an

Noun (2)

sabbatian from Sabbatius (latinized form of the name of Sabbatai Zebi †1676 Hebrew mystic) + English -an; shabbathaian, shabbethaian from Shabbethai (Sabbatai Zebi) + English -an

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“Sabbatian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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