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n. Hinduism
One who worships Vishnu.

[From Sanskrit vaiṣṇava-, relating to Vishnu, from Viṣṇuḥ, Vishnu.]

Vaish′na·vism (-vĭz′əm) n.
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(Hinduism) Hinduism a member of a sect devoted to the cult of Vishnu, strongly anti-Brahminic and antipriestly in outlook and stressing devotion through image worship and simple ritual
[from Sanskrit vaisnava of Vishnu]
ˈVaishnaˌvism n
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(ˈvaɪʃ nə və)

n., pl. -vas. Hinduism.
1. a Bhakti sect devoted to Vishnu.
2. a member of this sect.
Vaish′na•vism, n.
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Noun1.Vaishnava - worshipper of Vishnu
Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism - Hindu sect worshiping of Vishnu
Hindoo, Hindu - a person who adheres to Hinduism
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His devotees are known as Vaishnavas or Vaishnavites.