Labadist

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Labadist (Eccl. Hist) A follower of Jean de Labadie , a religious teacher of the 17th century, who left the Roman Catholic Church and taught a kind of mysticism, and the obligation of community of property among Christians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n labadist A follower of Jean de Labadie (1610–74), a Jesuit, afterward a mystic Protestant preacher in France and Holland. The Labadists were Christian communists. Among their tenets were denial of the obligation of sabbath observance, on the ground that life is a perpetual sabbath; belief in the direct influence of the Holy Spirit: and belief in marriage as a holy ordinance valid only among believers, the children of the regenerate being born without original sin. The sect disappeared about the middle of the eighteenth century.
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Usage

In literature:

He had many disciples called Labadists.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
From the gossiping pages of the Labadist missionaries who came to America in 1697 we find hints of good fare in oysters in Brooklyn.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
There are no material remains of the Labadists in this country.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
In 1684 a group of Labadists settled on the Bohemian River in the present state of Delaware.
"The Colonization of North America" by Herbert Eugene Bolton
Nowhere else in America, says Dankers, the Labadist traveller, had he seen such fine apples.
"Stage-coach and Tavern Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Under her rule the sect of the Labadists settled for some time in Herford.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 3" by Various
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