One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A supporter of Zionism; a person who believes in the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.‘the artist's parents were committed Zionists’
- ‘He was a moderate Zionist, in favor of negotiation over conflict.’
- ‘He was and still is a self-proclaimed Zionist.’
- ‘I became a religous Zionist, moved to Israel, and have never looked back.’
- ‘A lifelong Zionist, he then moved to Palestine.’
- ‘He was a kind of Zionist himself.’
- ‘"I took on this job because my country called on me to do so, and because I am also a Zionist," he said.’
2(in southern Africa) a member of any of a group of independent Churches which practice a form of Christianity incorporating elements of traditional African beliefs.
- ‘The Zionists emphasize manifestations of the Holy Spirit, including speaking in tongues.’
- ‘Most Zionists have a characteristic form of dress, worn to all services by all members.’
- ‘Besides signaling the strength and solidarity of the community, however, ritual dancing also reinforced the personal purity of Zionists.’
- ‘Among the crowd were a number of Sunday pilgrims, location Zionists of various sects.’
- ‘The Zionists combined elements of the indigenous pantheon and rituals with Christian ideas and services to create their own distinctive religious sect.’
1Relating to or advocating Zionism.‘mainstream Zionist thinking’
- ‘He and other Zionist leaders reacted with indifference.’
- ‘The tug-of-war between my scientific inclinations and my absorption in the Zionist movement has lasted all my life.’
- ‘His real designs lay in the heartlands of the Zionist idea.’
- ‘The Zionist founders were in no mood for compromise.’
- ‘The Zionist mainstream began planning their own fight for independence.’
2Relating to a group of independent Churches in southern Africa which practice a form of Christianity incorporating elements of traditional African beliefs.
- ‘He said part of the St John's Zionist Church in Embangweni had collapsed during the storm.’
- ‘Members of the Zionist Christian Church return from Moria where they celebrated Christmas.’
- ‘Similar findings have emerged from a countrywide survey of chiefs, traditional healers and priests from the Zionist denomination.’
- ‘The development is likely to invite war between the local authority and open space worshipers, particularly the apostolic sects and the Zionist churches.’
- ‘It was encouraging to hear the general secretary of the Union for the Development of Apostolic and Zionist Churches in Zimbabwe and Africa saying every child should be immunised.’
- ‘On Sunday she will visit the Zionist Christian Church rally in Limpopo.’
- ‘Members of Apostolic and Zionist churches faced great challenges in the area of water and sanitation.’
- ‘After that document became public, the African Federation of Churches, made up of charismatic, Apostolic and Zionist churches, came to his defence.’
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