baptist

noun
bap·tist | \ˈbap-tist, especially Southern ˈbab-tist also ˈbab-dist\

Definition of baptist 

1 : one that baptizes

2 capitalized : a member or adherent of an evangelical Protestant denomination marked by congregational polity and baptism by immersion of believers only

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In an upset, Republican incumbent Rep. Robert Pittenger lost his bid for a third term to Mark Harris, a former baptist pastor, by less than three percentage points. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "2018 Midterm Primaries: Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, and West Virginia," 9 May 2018 Jones, who is known for prosecuting members of the Ku Klux Klan for the 1963 bombing of a black baptist church in Birmingham, is viewed as the Democratic front-runner. Clare Foran, The Atlantic, "Can Democrats Gain Ground in Deep-Red Alabama?," 15 Aug. 2017 While several Southern Baptist leaders have served on Trump’s evangelical advisory board, many younger Southern Baptists — including the denomination’s Ethics and Religious Liberty president Russell Moore — vocally opposed his candidacy. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "Southern Baptists are about to vote on a proposal to condemn ‘alt-right white supremacy’," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of baptist

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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