re·​li·​gion·​ist | \ ri-ˈli-jə-nist How to pronounce religionist (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web Mr Yusuf was already unpopular with left-wing co-religionists for saying after Mr Trump’s election that Muslims should accept his authority. The Economist, "Why American Muslims lean leftwards for 2020," 22 Sep. 2019 Arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran often choose different dates, which are adopted by allies and co-religionists. The Economist, "When is Eid al-Fitr?," 6 June 2019 Other kinds of religious organizations are also allowed to prefer co-religionists in their hiring — a Catholic charity is allowed to prefer Catholics in the hiring process. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "Can a religious school fire a gay teacher? It's complicated.," 26 Aug. 2019 But, as more details leak out about the region’s camps, Muslim leaders are beginning to come under domestic pressure to defend their co-religionists. The Economist, "Chinese actions in Xinjiang become a matter of international dispute," 25 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter Other purposes were being served too: for Mr Pompeo and Mike Pence, the vice-president, such events are a way of reassuring their fellow evangelicals, concerned about co-religionists in China and the Middle East. B.c., The Economist, "The old American consensus on religious liberty is weakening," 18 July 2019 In his own time, Washington’s reluctance to show his doctrinal cards dismayed his Christian co-religionists. Sam Wineburg, Smithsonian, "What George Washington’s Views on Religion and America Don’t Translate Well to Today’s Politics," 12 June 2019 Co-religionists also took it upon themselves to demolish one of the radicals’ mosques with sledgehammers. The Economist, "Sri Lanka responds to Islamist terrorism by terrorising Muslims," 6 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of religionist

1653, in the meaning defined above

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“Religionist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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