meth·​od·​ist ˈme-thə-dist How to pronounce methodist (audio)
: a person devoted to or laying great stress on method
capitalized : a member of one of the denominations deriving from the Wesleyan revival in the Church of England, having Arminian doctrine and in the U.S. modified episcopal polity, and stressing personal and social morality
methodist adjective often capitalized
methodistic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The small methodist school for grades 7 to 12 has only 360 students, down from some 500 because of COVID-19 restrictions, but its impact is felt far beyond the families of those who attend class there: The school serves as an incubator for future leaders on both sides of the border. Dallas News, 23 Sep. 2020 But Paisley’s supporters came from dissenter stock: Presbyterians, Methodists and evangelical Protestants whose British ancestors colonized Catholic Ireland during the 17th-century wars of religion. Ed O’loughlin, The Seattle Times, 10 June 2017 Area Methodists formed the Lake Bluff Camp Association and held lectures, concert and other activities, Bergmann said. Mark Lawton,, 25 May 2017 Methodists in the Southern jurisdictions are predominantly conservative, and those in the Western areas are more progressive. Danika Worthington, The Denver Post, 28 Apr. 2017 Evangelical Methodists, who have gained strength in the denomination in part through growth of Methodist churches overseas, have responded by pushing to enforce church policies. Rachel Zoll, The Seattle Times, 28 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of methodist was in 1593

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“Methodist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


: of or relating to any of several Protestant denominations following the teachings of John Wesley
Methodist noun

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