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1With preceding modifying adjective, as "close communionist","strict communionist", "open communionist","free communionist", etc. A person (especially a Baptist) holding a particular view on the eligibility of worshippers to receive Communion.
2An advocate of or participant in communal living; a communist, a socialist; specifically = Owenite. Compare communional. Now historical and rare.
Early 19th century. From communion + -ist.
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