• WordNet 3.6
    • n Anabaptist adherent of Anabaptism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Anabaptist A name sometimes applied to a member of any sect holding that rebaptism is necessary for those baptized in infancy.☞ In church history, the name Anabaptists usually designates a sect of fanatics who greatly disturbed the peace of Germany, the Netherlands, etc., in the Reformation period. In more modern times the name has been applied to those who do not regard infant baptism as real and valid baptism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Anabaptist One who believes in rebaptism; specifically, one of a class of Christians who hold baptism in infancy to be invalid, and require adults who have received it to be baptized on joining their communion. The name is best known historically as applied to the followers of Thomas Münzer, a leader of the peasants' war in Germany, who was killed in battle in 1525, and to those of John Matthias and John Bockold, or John of Leyden, who committed great excesses while attempting to establish a socialistic kingdom of New Zion or Mount Zion at Münster in Westphalia, and were defeated in 1535, their leaders being killed and hung up in iron cages, which are still preserved in that city. The name has also been applied to bodies of very different character in other respects, probably always in an opprobrious sense, since believers in the sole validity of adult baptism refuse to regard it as rebaptism in the case of persons who had received the rite in infancy. It is now most frequently used of the Mennonites. See Mennonitc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anabaptist an-a-bapt′ist one who holds that baptism ought to be administered only to adults (by immersion), and therefore that those baptised in infancy ought to be baptised again
    • Anabaptist The name is disclaimed by recent opponents of infant baptism both in England and the Continent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. anabaptista, fr. Gr. as if 'anabaptisth`s: cf. F. anabaptiste,


In literature:

Anabaptists were on one side, and Quakers on the other; and hereby five or six persons have been confused.
"The Forest of Dean An Historical and Descriptive Account" by H. G. Nicholls
The scene is laid in Holland at the time of the wars with the Anabaptists.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
The Anabaptists next carried away the fickle affections of the multitude, and excited the enmity of their rulers.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
But he feared the forces of disorder which lurked in Protestantism, and which seemed embodied in the Anabaptists.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Here, in October, 1539, he married the widow of a converted Anabaptist.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 3 of 8" by Various
Anabaptists of Munster, 282-3.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
The Calvinists, like the Anabaptists, did not believe in freedom of conscience.
"Belgium" by Emile Cammaerts
Unhappily the Anabaptists have always been remembered by the crimes of John of Leiden and the revelry of Muenster.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Likewise Anabaptists, who kept 7th day Sabbaths, were punctual attenders.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
Jonas } Mathison } Anabaptists.
"Operas Every Child Should Know" by Mary Schell Hoke Bacon

In poetry:

"Shrill Anabaptists, shorn of ears;
Gray witch-wives, hobbling slowly;
And Antinomians, free of law,
Whose very sins were holy.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Five hundred years ago there was a group of Christians living in Europe known as the Anabaptists.
The Anabaptists were "anti-baptizers," scorning infant baptism and a heap of other cherished church doctrines.
Biblical scholar and activist Ched Myers is set to speak at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary at noon Thursday, Nov 15.