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 (dŏn′ə-tĭst, dō′nə-)
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.]

Don′a·tism n.


(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]
ˈDonaˌtism n


(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]
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Noun1.Donatist - an adherent of Donatism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.Donatist - of or relating to Donatism
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As John Firth notes on Constantine's reaction to the Donatist crisis, "[s]o little observant was he of his own edict of toleration that he was prepared to use force to secure uniformity within the Church
However, Augustine gave up on toleration because he saw what he thought of as the Catholic Church's successful ending of the Donatist heresy by means that did not require toleration.
Preacher of Grace: A Critical Reappraisal of Augustine's Doctrine of Grace in His Sermones ad Populum on Liturgical Feasts and During the Donatist Controversy.
Studies on Donatist Christianity, Peeters, Leuven, 2015, 388 pp.
The Donatist blasphemers, Augustine declared, slay souls," and for that must suffer physically.
Fm thinking about the Donatist controversy these days because I see a relevance to the Synod of Bishops on the family and the current question of reconciliation for divorced and remarried Catholics.
Some, like Chapter 2, 'Donatist Aids to Bible Study: North African Literary Production in the Fifth Century' are reprinted with a change of name; it was originally published as 'North African Literary Activity: A Cyprian Fragment, the Stichometric Lists and a Donatist Compendium'.
7) See, for instance, "The Donatist Controversy: Sacramental Efficacy" in Alister McGrath's Christian Theology: An Introduction.
Marcellinus was an influential figure, being Honorius' appointee to settle the Donatist schism as well as Augustine's choice as dedicatee of The City of God.
237-256; William Hugh Clifford FREND, The Donatist Church.
36) Within the decade, the Council of Toledo would condemn the followers of Priscillian as heretics, while one of Ambrose's own catechumens, Augustine of Hippo, would spend his career writing against Manicheans and later against Donatist Christians.