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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.
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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
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(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
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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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Narrative of the Anabaptist Madness: The Overthrow of Munster, the Famous Metropolis of Westphalia.
He is known for his advocacy of justice and peace issues and for his work on understanding Protestantism in the United States, especially the Anabaptist and evangelical traditions.
Another kind of indication that Yoder could contemplate other theological expressions alongside classic Nicene-Chalcedonian Christology was his purpose for studying Anabaptist history.
Separation And The Sword I Anabaptist Persuasion: Radical Confessional Rhetoric From Schleitheim To Dordrecht by Gerald Biesecker-Mast (Associate Professor of Communication at Bluffington University, Ohio) is a thoughtfully analytical criticism of the Anabaptist confessional argument during the Reformation Era.
Viewing New Creations With Anabaptist Eyes: Ethics Of Biotechnology deftly co-edited by the scholarly team of Roman J.
A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology/Biblical, Historical, Constructive.
Brown, a noted Anabaptist church historian, in Biblical Pacifism (Evangel Pub.
The Tailor-King: The Rise and Fall of the Anabaptist Kingdom of Munster.
ONE OF THE LATER BOOKS in the valuable series, Center Books in Anabaptist Studies, issued by the Johns Hopkins University Press, the present volume makes a strong contribution to a little-studied aspect of Anabaptist/Mennonite life.