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A French Protestant of the 16th to 18th centuries.

[French, from Old French huguenot, member of a Swiss political movement, alteration (influenced by Bezanson Hugues (c. 1491-1532?), Swiss political leader) of dialectal eyguenot, from German dialectal Eidgenosse, confederate, from Middle High German eitgenōz : eit, oath (from Old High German eid) + genōz, companion (from Old High German ginōz).]

Hu′gue·not′ic adj.
Hu′gue·not′ism n.
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the doctrines and practices of the Calvinistic communion in France in the 16th and 17th centuries. — Huguenot, n. — Huguenotic, adj.
See also: Protestantism
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In her view, the Camisard faith, more ecstatic and less institutionalized than that of most French Huguenots, had a significant impact not just on international Huguenotism but also upon the other varieties of Protestantism then taking root in the New World.
Although the French working-class are not only egalitarians but even bohemians, their leaders are really survivals of the underemployed journalists and lawyers of an immoraliste Huguenotism which has, unhappily, seized on revolution after revolution.