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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.]
(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]
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]