Trac·​tar·​i·​an trak-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce Tractarian (audio)
: a promoter or supporter of the Oxford movement

Word History


from Tracts for the Times, series of pamphlets expounding the Oxford movement

First Known Use

circa 1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tractarian was circa 1839

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“Tractarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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