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A member of an Anabaptist church characterized by nonviolence, refusal to swear oaths, and often simplicity of life.
[German Mennonit, after Menno Simons (1492-1559), Frisian religious leader.]
(Protestantism) a member of a Protestant sect that rejects infant baptism, Church organization, and the doctrine of transubstantiation and in most cases refuses military service, public office, and the taking of oaths
[C16: from German Mennonit, after Menno Simons (1496–1561), Frisian religious leader]
a member of a Protestant sect that refuses oaths and the bearing of arms and is noted for simplicity of living.
[1555–65; < German Mennonit, after Menno Simons (1492–1559), Frisian religious leader; see -ite1]