Definition of Old Believer in English:

Old Believer


  • A member of a Russian Orthodox group which refused to accept the liturgical reforms of the patriarch Nikon (1605–81).

    • ‘This would account for the leading role among Russian entrepreneurs of the Old Believers, a sect which had resisted reform in the Orthodox Church in the 1660s and was subsequently penalized and persecuted.’
    • ‘It was my first glimpse of Nikolaevsk residents, the Russian Old Believers: a much-persecuted and therefore extremely reclusive religious group, who first came to Alaska in 1960s.’
    • ‘The good news in this case is that the Old Believers stayed true to their three-century tradition of tenacious independence.’
    • ‘He is the author of a number of accounts of funeral ritual among Old Believers as well as Russian Orthodox and has also written on the methodology of recording such material.’
    • ‘The notion that in reality both official Orthodox and Old Believers shared ‘one faith’ had begun to gain ground even in the eighteenth century.’