• WordNet 3.6
    • n religionist a person addicted to religion or a religious zealot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Religionist One earnestly devoted or attached to a religion; a religious zealot. "The chief actors on one side were, and were to be, the Puritan religionists .""It might be that an Antinomian, a Quaker, or other heterodox religionists , was to be scourged out of the town."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n religionist A religious bigot, partizan, or formalist; a sectarian: sometimes used in other than a condemnatory sense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Religionist one attached to a religion: a bigot
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. religio, -onisre-, back, ligāre, to bind.


In literature:

The proposal was entertained, and the Island of Montreal conceded to the religionists for their support.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Scared in his very soul, Elias rose at last and crept back to the house of his co-religionist.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
A bill placing Scottish catholics in virtually the same position as their co-religionists in England was passed in 1793.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Would it be more or less the same to him whatever they preached, those wild religionists, who tore each other in pieces?
"Royal Edinburgh" by Margaret Oliphant
It is true, it did not embrace every class of subsequent religionists.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
He thought the Emperor would ask him to visit his co religionists in his Empire.
"Diaries of Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore, Volume I" by Sir Moses Montefiore
I do not write as a religionist, but as one very much of the world.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
Their itineraries were wholly dedicated to the interests of their co-religionists.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
He had taken the position of his fellow-religionists, that the learning of the schools was a hindrance to religion.
"William Penn" by George Hodges
Far greater scope was allowed to the local influence of Catholic magnates in protecting their co-religionists.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke

In news:

Ross Douthat — op-ed columnist for the New York Times and film critic for National Review — seeks to move beyond the rutted secularist-vs.-religionist terms of the culture wars.
Legend has it that, while under arrest, he encouraged a co-religionist to challenge and, in the event, kill a ferocious gladiator.
The headline "Faithful religionists attack Atheists and other heretics" would hardly raise an eyebrow.
I've found that most religionists view atheists and agnostics as conversion opportunities, so they're nice to us.
Though I'm no religionist, I hate to see the nativity scenes in Palisades Park go.