One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who believes in or advocates redemption or salvation.
2A person who redeems another from slavery or captivity; specifically a Trinitarian or Mercedarian. Chiefly historical.
That believes in or advocates redemption or salvation.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Saltmarsh (d. 1647), preacher and religious controversialist. From redemption + -ist.
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