Definition of Quaker in English:

Quaker

noun

  • A member of the Religious Society of Friends, a Christian movement founded by George Fox c.1650 and devoted to peaceful principles. Central to the Quakers' belief is the doctrine of the ‘Inner Light’, or sense of Christ's direct working in the soul. This has led them to reject both formal ministry and all set forms of worship.

    as modifier ‘a Quaker burial ground’
    • ‘She wrote to the Society of Friends or Quakers in Dublin asking for relief and describing the appalling conditions of the times.’
    • ‘Eddington was not only a rising star in astronomy but a Quaker - a religious pacifist.’
    • ‘The lecture will examine the faith and beliefs of 17th century Quakers and their relevance to today's society.’
    • ‘Indeed, he commended the Quakers, who rejected the sacraments, for their stress on God as Spirit.’
    • ‘We have allies among the Quakers, the Mennonites, and the members of the United Church of Christ.’
    • ‘Their tendency to ‘quake’ with religious fervor led most to refer to Friends as Quakers.’
    • ‘The company, which has its origins in the Quaker movement, devised the fund after requests from customers.’
    • ‘Modern day Quakers will be leading tours around the building and the grounds and answering questions from visitors.’
    • ‘This had the effect of excluding Quakers from certain public offices, most significantly those of magistrates and judges.’
    • ‘Some of these groups, including the Baptists, Quakers, and Mennonites, developed their own forms of worship.’
    • ‘Despite the attempts to prevent unlawful conventicles, the Baptists, Quakers, and other radicals were not to be uprooted.’
    • ‘I particularly enjoy the Sunday silence at my Quakers meeting house, which gives me much restoration of spirit.’
    • ‘It will not work to teach kids to be unaggressive because we do not have a society dominated by Quakers and pacifists.’
    • ‘But at the same time, the Quakers were religious outlaws who emigrated to America.’
    • ‘The movement he founded came to be known as the Quakers, or more correctly, the Religious Society of Friends.’
    • ‘He had a good sense of humour and practised the Quaker principles of simplicity and humility.’
    • ‘In line with his Quaker beliefs he declared himself a conscientious objector so he could not be drafted into the military.’
    • ‘A Quaker has appeared in court after refusing to pay part of his taxes, in case the money was used for military purposes.’
    • ‘The Quakers also rejected the use of you as a polite form of address, and preferred thou, which to them signalled intimacy and equality.’
    nonconformist, protestant, freethinker, recusant
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Origin

From quake + -er, perhaps alluding to George Fox's direction to his followers to ‘tremble at the name of the Lord’, or from fits supposedly experienced by worshippers when moved by the Spirit. Compare with shaker (sense 2).

Pronunciation

Quaker

/ˈkweɪkə/