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 (prĕz′bĭ-tîr′ē-ən, prĕs′-)
1. Of or relating to ecclesiastical government by presbyters.
2. Presbyterian Of or relating to a Presbyterian Church.
n. Presbyterian
A member or an adherent of a Presbyterian Church.

pres′by·te′ri·an·ism n.


(ˌprɛz bɪˈtɪər i əˌnɪz əm, ˌprɛs-)

1. church government by presbyters or elders, equal in rank and organized into graded administrative courts.
2. the doctrines of Presbyterian churches.


1. the doctrines, polity, and practices of Presbyterian churches, especially a Calvinist theology and a representative system of church government.
2. a system of church government in which ministers and congregationally elected elders participate in a graded series of legislative bodies and administrative courts. — Presbyterian, n., adj.
See also: Protestantism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Presbyterianism - the doctrines and practices of the Presbyterian Church: based in Calvinism
Protestantism - the theological system of any of the churches of western Christendom that separated from the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation


[ˌprezbɪˈtɪərɪənɪzəm] Npresbiterianismo m


[ˌprɛzbɪˈtɪərɪəˌnɪzm] npresbiterianesimo
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Margaret--you know Margaret--she has all the Presbyterianism undiluted.
He had left us grimly determined to confess to his father the dark secret of his Presbyterianism, and we were anxious to know what the result had been.
Under all these sovereigns (to complete our summary of the movement) the more radical Protestants, Puritans as they came to be called, were active in agitation, undeterred by frequent cruel persecution and largely influenced by the corresponding sects in Germany and by the Presbyterianism established by Calvin in Geneva and later by John Knox in Scotland.
1780-1840), missionary of Presbyterianism to the trans-Allegheny West.
Mistress Inchbare's hard bones showed themselves, like Mistress Inchbare's hard Presbyterianism, without any concealment or compromise.
A second Covenant followed in 1643 with the English Parliamentarians for the establishment of Presbyterianism in all three countries of the UK.
But even their modern defenders acknowledge that they shifted the emphasis of Presbyterianism away from the traditional Calvinist focus on doctrines of predestination and election to social and personal morality.
She explores the liturgical rituals and daily disciplines of Montano's Catholicism in works like Sitting: Dead Chicken, in which she presented herself as a nun, and Linda Mary Montano Celebrates Mother Theresa's Birthday; Athey's improvisational, charismatic Pentecostal healing revivals, particularly the Torture Trilogy, which explore domestic violence and incest; and mainstream Protestantism in Duncan's Calvinist Presbyterianism and how his performances visualize the violent consequences of male sexual aggression.
It has value for any denomination while enhancing the image of Presbyterianism.
Hart puts it, "to conclude that Makemie was an itinerant evangelist and organizing administrator of American Presbyterianism is not far from the mark.
Three significant commemorations took place: in May, the various Assemblies and Synods of Scottish Presbyterianism held their own denominational commemorations; in August, an international convocation was held in Edinburgh, culminating in the founding of a new 'Protestant Institute' on George IV Bridge; and in December, sermons and speeches were delivered in parishes and lecture halls across Scotland.
God-Provoking Democrat" gives an account of the post-rebellion trauma within Presbyterianism and Rowan's dramatic defiant stand in defense of New Light principles.

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