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

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Ties between them were cut off in the early years of the Syrian uprising when Iran backed Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which was butchering Hamas’s Sunni coreligionists. The Economist, "New fronts open up in the conflict between Israel and Iran," 29 Aug. 2019 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 When the Racial Laws are introduced and Fer- rara’s Jews are expelled from the local tennis club, the Finzi-Continis seem glad of the chance to invite their coreligionists to play on their own court. Tim Parks, Harper's magazine, "Behind the High Walls," 10 Feb. 2019 Jews in Israel are threatened daily by Hamas and Hezbollah on two of their borders and by Palestinian Arabs taught and paid to do so by their leaders and coreligionists. Ruth Wisse, WSJ, "The Many Faces of Jew-Hatred," 31 Oct. 2018 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 Persecuting religious dissenters in one nation might reignite war, as rulers of other countries would feel obliged to defend their coreligionists abroad. Jonah Goldberg, Alaska Dispatch News, "We’ve lost respect for the right to be wrong," 27 Sep. 2017 There are those among my coreligionists who see divine warnings in blood moons and storms. Rev. Dr. David Williams, Washington Post, "Anybody could be president. We could be obliterated by nuclear war. The eclipse would still come.," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of coreligionist

1826, in the meaning defined above

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