re·​li·​gion·​ist | \ ri-ˈli-jə-nist , -ˈlij-nist\

Definition of religionist

: a person adhering to a religion especially : a religious zealot

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makes the case that one need not be a religionist to have basic moral values

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The public payroll has expanded as bigwigs jostle to give jobs to their co-religionists. The Economist, "Lebanon’s political system leads to paralysis and corruption," 19 Apr. 2018 But the book’s best chapters are vehicles for his genuine understanding of more liberal co-religionists, and for his ability to parrot their most compelling arguments, skewing them nearly imperceptibly on the way to chopping them down. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Will Pope Francis Cause a Schism in the Catholic Church?," 7 Sep. 2015 Dreher admires intentional Christian communities, which can be loosely defined as groups of co-religionists who choose to live close to one another and often participate in communal worship and education. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Rod Dreher’s Race Problem," 25 Jan. 2018 By presenting himself to his fellow co-religionists as the conservative alternative to Trump, McMullin hoped to peel off enough Trump-resistant Mormons to prevent Utah from going red. Max Perry Mueller, Slate Magazine, "By agreeing to sing at Trump’s inauguration, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has enraged many Mormons and forced a reckoning over the LDS church’s values.," 19 Jan. 2017 By this point, the prayer debate had morphed from a cry for religious tolerance into a popular referendum on the persecution of the one true religionists. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "A Prayer for the Real Victims," 19 July 2017 Another report, from the National Bureau of Economic Research, found that people living in an area with a higher density of co-religionists are more likely to participate in religious activities. Bryan Walsh, Time, "Does Spirituality Make You Happy?," 7 Aug. 2017 Eighty percent of the IDPs here are her co-religionists, the remainder are Christian. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Displaced and desperate: 'I will never go back to Marawi'," 25 June 2017 However, religionists who reject such dogma (such as those with Judeo-Christian values) don’t pose problems for nationhood, and secular totalitarian countries violate his case. WSJ, "Will Nation States Go the Way of the Dodo?," 9 June 2017

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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