One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A Christian who strictly observes Sunday as the sabbath.
- ‘Seventh Day Baptists are sabbatarians, that is, they believe that Saturday and not Sunday is the proper day for Christian worship.’
- ‘This brought forth the wrath of the strict Sunday observers, and pitched battles, using potatoes, turnips and bottles, were fought between deckhands and smartly - but soberly - dressed sabbatarians.’
- ‘When he published his Entschuldigung at Nikolsburg in 1527 he was not yet a Sabbatarian (as point 7 of the booklet shows) and there is no clue to indicate why he became one.’
- ‘But the Waldensians, encouraged by the Scots, held to the forms shaped by their own traditions and the Swiss Reformation, though they were almost equally resistant to Scots pressures to turn them into sabbatarians.’
- 1.1 A Jew who strictly observes the sabbath.
- ‘They were being presented to the minds of Jewish sabbatarians of the first century who were keenly sensitive to the Old Testament's teachings.’
- 1.2 A Christian belonging to a denomination or sect that observes Saturday as the sabbath.
- ‘Up to this point, Puritan Sabbatarians argued a dual nature of the Fourth Commandment.’
- ‘Traskite Sabbatarians generally held the the following tenets: 1) a literal Fourth Commandment; 2) Christ did not change the Sabbath; 3) God had created the Seventh day to rest.’
Relating to or upholding the observance of the sabbath.‘they were severely puritanical and sabbatarian in outlook’
- ‘Anti-Mason inspired social policies favored by Whigs, such as liquor and sabbatarian legislation, funding of educational and reformatory institutions, and to some extent the antislavery impulse of the party's northern wing.’
- ‘When Count Zinzendorf, the founder of the Moravian church in Germany, visited America in 1741, he was astonished to find the hold the Sabbatarian doctrine had upon the entire German population of Pennsylvania.’
- ‘The number of ships and passengers involved was large and this gave rise to two other aspects: speed and sabbatarian disapproval.’
- ‘The Sabbatarian principle touched not only British religion but many social and economic practices as well.’
Early 17th century: from late Latin sabbatarius (from Latin sabbatum ‘sabbath’) + -an.
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