plural Strigolniks
also Strigolniki
: one of a Russian sect that broke away from the Eastern Orthodox Church in the 14th century in protest against the practice of charging fees for the administration of sacraments

Word History


Russian Strigol'nik, literally, cutter, shearer; akin to Old Slavic strišti to cut, shear, Latin stringere to touch lightly, graze; from the practice ascribed to the sect's leader of himself cutting the hair of new converts

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“Strigolnik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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