Definition of Protestant

1. Noun. An adherent of Protestantism.

2. Adjective. Of or relating to Protestants or Protestantism. "A Protestant denomination"
Category relationships: Faith, Religion, Religious Belief
Partainyms: Protestantism

3. Noun. The Protestant churches and denominations collectively.
Exact synonyms: Protestant Church
Examples of category: Mass
Generic synonyms: Christian Church, Church
Specialized synonyms: Pentecostal Religion
Member holonyms: Protestant Denomination

4. Adjective. Protesting.
Similar to: Complaining, Complaintive
Derivative terms: Protest, Protest

Definition of Protestant

1. n. One who protests; -- originally applied to those who adhered to Luther, and protested against, or made a solemn declaration of dissent from, a decree of the Emperor Charles V. and the Diet of Spires, in 1529, against the Reformers, and appealed to a general council; -- now used in a popular sense to designate any Christian who does not belong to the Roman Catholic or the Greek Church.

2. a. Making a protest; protesting.

Definition of Protestant

1. Proper noun. (context: Christianity) Any of several denominations of Christianity that separated from the Roman Catholic Church based on theological or political differences during the Reformation. ¹

2. Proper noun. (context: Christianity) Someone who is a member of such a denomination. ¹

3. Proper noun. (context: Christianity) A modern Christian denomination not belonging to the Catholic or Orthodox traditions. ¹

4. Adjective. (alternative form of Protestant) ¹

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Definition of Protestant

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Protestant

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Protector of Boundaries
Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
Proteles cristata
Proterozoic aeon
Proterozoic eon
Protestant (current term)
Protestant Church
Protestant Episcopal Church
Protestant Movement
Protestant Reformation
Protestant Reich Church
Protestant deacon
Protestant denomination
Protestant ethic
Protestant work ethic
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Literary usage of Protestant

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

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The first Protestant missionaries to set foot in India were two Lutherans from Denmark, who began work in 1705 in the Danish settlement of Tranquebar. ..."

2. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1905)
"Great agitation ensued among the neighbouring Protestant Estates — Neuburg ... The Protestant preachers and some of the citizens fled; and on December 17 a ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The Protestant leaders of France rejected his treasonable overtures when these were laid before them. After the discovery of his share in ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Henry now connived at, if he did not actually originate, a plan for the assassination of Beaton, in which George Wishart, a conspicuous Protestant preacher, ..."

5. The Works of Francis Bacon by John Thomas Scharf, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Francis Bacon, James Spedding, Robert Leslie Ellis, Douglas Denon Heath, William Rawley (1879)
"His own feelings in the matter are easy to understand : as a Virginian of position and influence, and a Protestant, he objected to being brought under ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"He entered politics, espousing the cause of the Venetian and Protestant Salis family ... Upon the failure of the French to restore the Protestant Grisons ..."

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