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 (prĕz′bĭ-tîr′ē-ən, prĕs′-)
1. Of or relating to ecclesiastical government by presbyters.
2. Presbyterian Of or relating to a Presbyterian Church.
n. Presbyterian
A member or an adherent of a Presbyterian Church.

pres′by·te′ri·an·ism n.


(ˌprɛz bɪˈtɪər i əˌnɪz əm, ˌprɛs-)

1. church government by presbyters or elders, equal in rank and organized into graded administrative courts.
2. the doctrines of Presbyterian churches.


1. the doctrines, polity, and practices of Presbyterian churches, especially a Calvinist theology and a representative system of church government.
2. a system of church government in which ministers and congregationally elected elders participate in a graded series of legislative bodies and administrative courts. — Presbyterian, n., adj.
See also: Protestantism
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Noun1.Presbyterianism - the doctrines and practices of the Presbyterian Church: based in Calvinism
Protestantism - the theological system of any of the churches of western Christendom that separated from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation


[ˌprezbɪˈtɪərɪənɪzəm] Npresbiterianismo m


[ˌprɛzbɪˈtɪərɪəˌnɪzm] npresbiterianesimo
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His Presbytarian work ethic came through as he publicly berated them for driving expensive cars, for spending their money in an ostentatious fashion, for not being studious and stoic and for believing they had "made it".
Jannah, raised a Scottish Presbytarian, converted to Islam 14 years ago and changed her name from Jennifer.
He had appealed for the jury's sympathy, claiming to have been injured by an IRA bomb at a Belfast bus station in 1972; that his headmistress mother rejected him when he failed his 11-plus; that he was then taken into care; had episodes in psychiatric units as an adult, and had a tough Ulster Presbytarian upbringing until converting to Catholicism.