n.1.One who supports of advocates prelacy, or the government of the church by prelates; hence, a high-churchman.
I am an Episcopalian, but not a prelatist.
- T. Scott.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Having endured on the one hand the scorn and abuse of separatists who had given up on the Church of England parish system as hopelessly corrupt and beyond remedy, and on the other the contempt of Prelatists, who saw him as party to the general collapse of authority and the rise of the sects, Baxter looked upon his experience in Kidderminster with a sense of vindication.