coreligionist

noun

co·​re·​li·​gion·​ist ˌkō-ri-ˈlij-nist How to pronounce coreligionist (audio)
-ˈli-jə-
: a person of the same religion

Example Sentences

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, 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, latimes.com, 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, 27 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coreligionist was in 1826

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“Coreligionist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coreligionist. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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