bap·​tist | \ ˈbap-tist How to pronounce baptist (audio) , 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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Baptist adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web David Arnett, a baptist minister and an uncle of the bride, officiated at an outdoor ceremony in front of about 50 guests, most of them family members. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 The rally was held at a baptist church in Lithonia. Sydney Shea, Washington Examiner, 29 Dec. 2020 Error 0: For many baptists, the largest denomination in the county, the change in worship has been a fairly smooth one. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2020 Although this isn't entirely unusual with independent baptists (including the Dugggars of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting fame) Barry's family has a number of strict rules in their home. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, 6 Jan. 2020 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, 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, 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, 14 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of baptist

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Baptist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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