One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.
Of, belonging to, or relating to the Redemptorists.
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.
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