One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A member of a Protestant Christian denomination advocating baptism only of adult believers by total immersion. Baptists form one of the largest Protestant bodies and are found throughout the world and especially in the US.
nonconformist, protestant, freethinker, recusantView synonyms
- ‘I only long that we as individuals and as Calvinistic Baptists be Godlike in our response to this calamity.’
- ‘These include Baptists, Moravians and various kinds of Brethren.’
- ‘Some of these groups, including the Baptists, Quakers, and Mennonites, developed their own forms of worship.’
- ‘Yet, the Baptist convention there brings Baptists together for evangelism and witness.’
- ‘As it happens, I am a Southern Baptist, and we Baptists can extol the Scriptures with the best of them.’
- ‘Lutherans, Calvinists, Methodists, Baptists and even agnostics have found him deserving.’
- ‘Lutherans, Anglicans, Baptists and evangelicals complete the broad tapestry.’
- ‘Most of the people are Roman Catholics, Anglican, Methodists, Baptists, or Mennonites.’
- ‘There are also significant populations of Christians, mainly Baptists and Catholics.’
- ‘Adventists come in as many shades as Baptists, Pentecostals and Methodists do.’
- ‘The 1644 confession was reprinted several times and was the basis of the rapid expansion of the Baptists through the 1650s.’
- ‘Revivalism flourished as Baptists, Methodists, and Presbyterians vied for converts.’
- ‘Most of the Indian Christians attend St Anne's Church, in North Street, while others are Baptists or Methodists.’
- ‘So we're thinking of becoming, if not Baptists, possibly Baptist church band groupies.’
- ‘Despite the attempts to prevent unlawful conventicles, the Baptists, Quakers, and other radicals were not to be uprooted.’
- ‘After all, more than half of American evangelicals are either Baptists or non-denominational.’
- ‘I've even heard that some Baptists have started a Benedictine-style monastery.’
- ‘Such worship links Pentacostals closely to southern evangelical Baptists.’
- ‘This approach allowed for the rapid expansion of Baptists throughout the region.’
- ‘It's not the Baptists or the Catholics or the Methodists or the Assemblies of God.’
2A person who baptizes someone.
Middle English (in baptist (sense 2)): from Old French baptiste, via ecclesiastical Latin from ecclesiastical Greek baptistēs, from baptizein ‘immerse, baptize’.
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