• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Familist (Eccl. Hist) One of a fanatical Antinomian sect originating in Holland, and existing in England about 1580, called the Family of Love, who held that religion consists wholly in love.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n familist One of the religious sect called the Family of Love, founded in Holland and England in the sixteenth century by Hans Niklas, or Nicholas, who was a disciple of David Joris (see Davidist, 2), and taught mystical doctrines based upon the theory that religion consists wholly in love independently of the form of faith. To them Moses was the prophet of hope, Christ the prophet of faith, and Hans Nicholas the prophet of love. The sect was prohibited by Queen Elizabeth in 1580, but existed till the middle of the next century.
    • n familist [lowercase] The head of a family; a family man.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Familist one of the 16th-cent. mystical sect known as the Family of Love, which based religion upon love independently of faith
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Family
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. familiafamulus, a servant.


In literature:

Richard, our own Richard, following the tribe of Gorton, the Familist!
"The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII) Margaret Smith's Journal in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, 1678-9; Tales and Sketches; My Summer with Dr. Singletary: A Fragment; and Others" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Richard, our own Richard, following the tribe of Gorton, the Familist!
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
FAMILISTS, or the Brotherhood of Love, a fanatical sect which arose in Holland in 1556, and affected to love all men as brothers.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood