abecedarian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj abecedarian alphabetically arranged (as for beginning readers)
    • n Abecedarian a 16th century sect of Anabaptists centered in Germany who had an absolute disdain for human knowledge
    • n abecedarian a novice learning the rudiments of some subject
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abecedarian One engaged in teaching the alphabet.
    • Abecedarian One who is learning the alphabet; hence, a tyro.
    • a Abecedarian Pertaining to, or formed by, the letters of the alphabet; alphabetic; hence, rudimentary.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abecedarian Pertaining to or formed by the letters of the alphabet.
    • abecedarian Pertaining to the learning of the alphabet, or to one engaged in learning it; hence, relating to the first steps in learning.
    • abecedarian Another form is abecedary.
    • n abecedarian One who teaches or learns the letters of the alphabet.
    • n abecedarian [capitalized] A follower of Nicolas Storch, an Anabaptist of Germany, in the sixteenth century. The Abecedarians are said to have been so called because Storch taught that study or even a knowledge of the letters was unnecessary, since the Holy Spirit would impart directly a sufficient understanding of the Scriptures.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Abecedarian ā-be-se-dā′ri-an pertaining to the a, b, c: rudimentary
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abecedarius,. A word from the first four letters of the alphabet

Usage

In literature:

ABECEDARIANS, Pastoral Epistles, 70.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres
It was an abecedarian hymn originally, and is undoubtedly a very ancient composition.
"Insula Sanctorum et Doctorum" by John Healy
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