Definition of Donatist

1. Noun. An adherent of Donatism.

Generic synonyms: Adherent, Disciple
Derivative terms: Donatism

2. Adjective. Of or relating to Donatism.
Partainyms: Donatism

Definition of Donatist

1. n. A follower of Donatus, the leader of a body of North African schismatics and purists, who greatly disturbed the church in the 4th century. They claimed to be the true church.

Definition of Donatist

1. Noun. (Christianity historical) One of a group of Christians in fourth-century North Africa who broke away as a group after opposing the appointment of (w Caecilianus) as Bishop of Carthage, and who disputed the validity of baptisms performed by others. ¹

2. Noun. (Christianity) A follower of Donatus Magnus or one who supports the belief of donatism. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Donatist

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Donald Barthelme
Donald Ducks
Donald Glaser
Donald Robert Perry Marquis
Donath-Landsteiner cold autoantibody
Donath-Landsteiner phenomenon
Donatist (current term)
Donato Bramante
Donato d'Agnolo Bramante
Donato di Betto Bardi
Donders' glaucoma
Donders' law
Donders' pressure
Donders' rings
Donets Basin

Literary usage of Donatist

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Source Book for Ancient Church History: From the Apostolic Age to the by Joseph Cullen Ayer (1913)
"AUGUSTINE AND THE Donatist SCHISM After the recall of the Donatists by the Emperor Julian, the sect rapidly increased, though soon numerous divisions ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"If Donatist bishops returned to the Church, in a place where there were two rival ... The emperor retained the Donatist envoys in Gaul, after at first ..."

3. General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander, Joseph Torrey (1849)
"The passionate temper of their bishops naturally led to new divisions among themselves. A Donatist deacon in Carthage, by the name of Maximian, ..."

4. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"In the succeeding period, he was much more occupied with anti-Donatist polemics ... But the new trend was given to them before the time of his anti-Donatist ..."

5. The Ancient Catholic Church: From the Accession of Trajan to the Fourth by Robert Rainy (1902)
"It was one of the questions discussed, how far the Donatist church, as such, was responsible for the existence and the operations of these disturbers of the ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1871)
"4,) with the Donatist history, by M. Dupin, and the original pieces at the end of his edition. The numerous circumstances •which Augustin has mentioned, ..."

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