Definition of Redemptorist in US English:

Redemptorist

noun

  • A member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, a Roman Catholic order of priests and lay brothers founded in 1732 by St Alphonsus Liguori, devoted chiefly to preaching, especially through parish missions and retreats.

adjective

  • Of, belonging to, or relating to the Redemptorists.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Trewman's Exeter Flying Post. From redemptor + -ist, perhaps after French rédemptoriste, German Redemptorist, or Italian redentorista, nouns (although all of these are apparently first attested later: 1829 in French, 1834 or earlier in German, 1857 or earlier in Italian). With use as adjective compare French rédemptoriste, adjective.

Pronunciation

Redemptorist

/rɪˈdɛm(p)t(ə)rɪst/