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 The rally was held at a baptist church in Lithonia. Sydney Shea, Washington Examiner, "More crude tweets and lyrics uncovered from rapper who headlined Warnock and Ossoff event," 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, "Liberty County churches finding new ways to worship during coronavirus pandemic," 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, "Who is Barry Plath? Everything We Know About the Star of 'Welcome to Plathville'," 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, "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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“Baptist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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