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n.1.A Russian sect. See Raskolnik.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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(27) Another group, the bespopovtsy, rejected this solution and remained, as their name suggests, priestless.
(27) The popovtsy are described as the 'collective name of Old Believers who accepted the priesthood in distinction to the bespopovtsy'.