Definition of Remonstrant in US English:



  • A member of the Arminian party in the Dutch Reformed Church.

    • ‘It is a mark of the esteem in which William Guthrie was held that, at the meeting of their Western Synod, in 1654 the Remonstrants chose William Guthrie for their Moderator.’
    • ‘While his patrons included Calvinists, Remonstrants, Catholics and Jews, Rembrandt was not, as far as we know, an active churchgoer himself.’
    • ‘Following the first draft of the constitutional articles of the new church order, the Remonstrants left the process, because they could not find room enough for their liberal opinions in the new church.’
    • ‘The Stadtholder, Prince Maurice of Orange, declared against the Remonstrants, and those who spoke out in favour of religious freedom began to feel the pinch of established power.’


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin remonstrant- ‘demonstrating’ (see also remonstrance).