co·​re·​li·​gion·​ist | \ ˌkō-ri-ˈlij-nist How to pronounce coreligionist (audio) , -ˈli-jə- \

Definition of coreligionist

: a person of the same religion

Examples of coreligionist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More than anything, Iran wants to preserve its regional power, based in proxies and allies that are often Shiite coreligionists. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "Israel’s Strategy against Tehran: Revealing the Iranian Threat," 27 Aug. 2019 Orthodox Jews of all ethnicities lean more conservative on Middle East politics than their coreligionists, according to a nationwide Pew Research Center survey in 2013. Dakota Smith,, "Garcetti faces heat for supporting U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. What did he mean?," 26 June 2019 Persecuting religious dissenters in one nation might reignite war, as rulers of other countries would feel obliged to defend their coreligionists abroad. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Does America Still Believe in the Right to Be Wrong?," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of coreligionist

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Coreligionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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