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A member of the Russian Orthodox Church who accepted the liturgical reforms introduced by Nikon. Compare "Old Believer". Now historical.
Of or relating to Nikon or his reforms.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From the name Nikon, adopted by Nikita Minin, 6th Patriarch of Moscow, who introduced wide-ranging and controversial reforms in the Russian Orthodox Church in the 1650s + -ian.
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