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A follower or supporter of the moderate Lutheran reformer Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560).
Of or relating to Philipp Melanchthon; adhering to his beliefs. rare.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Ephraim Chambers (?1680–1740), encyclopaedist. From the name of PhilippMelanchthon + -ist.
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