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An adherent of a Protestant religious movement that began in 16th-century Europe, viewing baptism solely as an external sign of a believer's conscious acceptance of faith, rejecting infant baptism, advocating the separation of church from state, and practicing simple living and the shunning of nonbelievers.

[From Late Greek anabaptizein, to baptize again : Greek ana-, ana- + Greek baptizein, to baptize (from baptein, to dip).]

An′a·bap′tism n.


1. (Protestantism) a member of any of various 16th-century Protestant movements that rejected infant baptism, insisted that adults be rebaptized, and sought to establish Christian communism
2. (Protestantism) a member of a later Protestant sect holding the same doctrines, esp with regard to baptism
of or relating to these movements or sects or their doctrines
[C16: from Ecclesiastical Latin anabaptista, from anabaptīzāre to baptize again, from Late Greek anabaptizein; see ana-, baptize]
ˌAnaˈbaptism n


(ˌæn əˈbæp tɪst)

1. a member of any of various 16th-century Protestant sects that baptized adult believers and advocated social reforms as well as separation of church and state.
2. of or pertaining to Anabaptists or Anabaptism.
[1525–35; < New Latin anabaptista= Medieval Latin anabapt(īzāre) to rebaptize (< Late Greek anabaptizein; see ana-, baptize) + -ista -ist]
An`a•bap′tism, n.
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Noun1.Anabaptist - adherent of AnabaptismAnabaptist - adherent of Anabaptism    
Anabaptist denomination - a Protestant sect denying infant baptism and baptising only believers
Mennonite - a member of an Anabaptist movement in Holland noted for its simplicity of life
Protestant - an adherent of Protestantism


nAnabaptist(in) m(f), → Wiedertäufer(in) m(f)
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Let that be left unto the Anabaptists, and other furies.
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Given the Anabaptist attempt to model their faith after the example of the early church through the imitation of Christ and his disciples, it is not surprising that their communities reflected similar tensions between charismatic and scriptural authority, especially with respect to the role of women in the church.
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Throughout his scholarly career Boyer never forgot his Brethren in Christ roots and quietly affirmed and supported the efforts of many Anabaptist and Brethren in Christ scholars.
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This book is an important addition, not only to the narrow field of Anabaptist and Radical Reformation studies, but to the larger intellectual and religious history of the sixteenth century.