Definition of Raskolnik in US English:

Raskolnik

(also Rascolnik, Raskolnek)

noun

Church History
  • A dissenter from the Russian Church; specifically a member of a Russian Orthodox group which refused to accept the liturgical reforms of the Patriarch Nikon (1605–81); an Old Believer. Compare Raskol.

Origin

Early 18th century. From Russian raskol′nik schismatic, dissenter from the Russian Orthodox Church, Old Believer (Old Russian raskol′nik″) from raskol″ + -nik. Compare French raskolnik, German Roskolnik.

Pronunciation

Raskolnik

/raˈskɒlnɪk/