Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
A member of a rigoristic, schismatic Christian sect, strongly opposed by Saint Augustine, that arose in North Africa in the fourth century ad and believed in sanctity as requisite for church membership and administration of all sacraments.
[Medieval Latin Donatista, after Donatus, fourth-century ad ecclesiastic and rival claimant of the bishopric of Carthage.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Christian Churches, other) a member of a schismatic heretical Christian sect originating in N Africa in 311 ad, that maintained that it alone constituted the true church
[C15: from Late Latin Dōnātista a follower of Dōnātus, bishop of Carthage]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
Don•a•tist(ˈdɒn ə tɪst, ˈdoʊ nə-)
a member of a Christian sect that developed in N Africa in A.D. 311 and maintained that it alone constituted the whole and only true church.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin Dōnātista < Late Latin Dōnāt(us) a Numidian bishop and Donatist leader]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.