• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Irvingite (Eccl) The common designation of a member of a sect founded by the Rev. Edward Irvingabout 1830), who call themselves the Catholic Apostolic Church. They are highly ritualistic in worship, have an elaborate hierarchy of apostles, prophets, etc., and look for the speedy coming of Christ.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n irvingite A member of a religious denomination called after Edward Irving (1792–1834), a minister of the Church of Scotland, who was settled in London in 1822, promulgated mystical doctrines, and was excommunicated in 1833. Irving was not the founder of the sect popularly called after him, but accepted and promoted the spread of the principles upon which, after his death, the sect was formed. Its proper name is the Catholic Apostolic Church, and it has an elaborate organization derived from its twelve “apostles,” the first body of whom was completed in 1835. It recognizes the orders of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or “angels,” elders, deacons, etc. It lays especial stress on the early creeds, the eucharist, prophecies, and gift of tongues. It has an extremely ritualistic service and an elaborate liturgy. The adherents are not numerous, and are found chiefly in Great Britain. There are some on the continent of Europe and in the United States.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Irvingite ėr′ving-īt a popular name for a member of the so-called Catholic Apostolic Church
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Edward Irving (1792-1834).


In literature:

Here there were churches; only they were the churches of dim and erratic sects, Agapemonites or Irvingites.
"The Club of Queer Trades" by G. K. Chesterton
The Irvingites have taken their converts not from the world, but the church.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Of the Irvingite Church, the late Drummond, the banker, M.P.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
We wondered if the Irvingites often waited for an inspiration in this contented way.
"A Lame Dog's Diary" by S. Macnaughtan
He's the very moral of a new Irvingite preacher.
"Tales from Blackwood" by Various
Founder of the Irvingite, or Catholic Apostolic Church.
"A Brief Handbook of English Authors" by Oscar Fay Adams
How can you furnish spirit and noise enough for the Unknown Tongues of the Irvingites?
"Church Reform" by Richard Carlile
I hope you are an Irvingite!
"Mount Royal, Volume 2 of 3" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon