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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.
1780-1840), missionary of Presbyterianism to the trans-Allegheny West.
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.
Mistress Inchbare's hard bones showed themselves, like Mistress Inchbare's hard Presbyterianism, without any concealment or compromise.
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.
If this is the new Presbyterianism, clearly, I am out of touch and in the wrong church.
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Influenced by the "circle of ladies" with whom she shared intellectual, charitable, and social activities, as well as by her family's particular Jewish and American connections, Annie enthusiastically embraced the Presbyterianism of her minister husband.
of Edinburgh, UK) investigates the Free Church of Scotland's involvement with American Presbyterianism in the nineteenth century.
189-90), when surely he means Aston elided "popery" with presbyterianism.
Utilizing these materials, she rewrites the history of presbyterianism in England, not as a proto-denomination, but as a movement that continued to be lively, creative and catalytic (while often clandestine) between the 1590s, when it was supposed to have been rendered quiescent, and the 1640s, when it reappeared with polemical vigor in an unsettled time.

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