• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Congregationalist of or pertaining to or characteristic of a Congregational church
    • n Congregationalist a member of the Congregational Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Congregationalist One who belongs to a Congregational church or society; one who holds to Congregationalism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n congregationalist One who holds to the congregational principles of church government. See Congregationalism, 1. In this sense, Baptists, Unitarians,'Universalists, some Methodists, and some other denominations of Christians are congregationalists.
    • n congregationalist [capitalized] One of a denomination of Christians who hold to the congregational principle of church government, to the system of doctrines known as evangelical or orthodox, to the legitimacy of the baptism of infants, and to baptism by sprinkling. The Congregationalists of the United States are identical in origin and general principles with the Independents (now also called Congregationalists) of Great Britain. They were the predominant religious body in the first settlement of New England, and have thence spread over the United States, especially in the Northern and Middle States. Their churches are independent of one another; their various ecclesiastical assemblies—councils, conferences, consociations, associations—possess no ecclesiastical authority, but only a moral power; and they are generally moderate Calvinists in theological doctrines. Their missionary operations are carried on by means of voluntary societies supported by the churches, but only indirectly amenable to them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Congregationalist adherent of Congregationalism
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. congregāre, -ātumcon, together, and grex, gregis, a flock.


In literature:

Three of these were Baptists from Oregon, one a Methodist and one a Congregationalist.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 39, No. 08, August, 1885" by Various
The majority were of Puritan stock and members of the congregationalist churches of Massachusetts.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
A new chapel had just been erected in Lambeth by the Congregationalists, and immediately Mr. Martin filled it.
"The London Pulpit" by J. Ewing Ritchie
Edward S. Bryan, 40; born in New Jersey; American parents; married; law book salesman; Congregationalist.
"The Crime of the Century" by Henry M. Hunt
The two Methodist men thought the Congregationalists ought to give two hundred and fifty dollars to boot.
"The Making of a Country Parish" by Harlow S. (Harlow Spencer) Mills
Mr. Williston, Congregationalist, Rev.
"The Story of Chautauqua" by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
I reply, as regards Baptists and Congregationalists, they are very much the same.
"The Religious Life of London" by J. Ewing Ritchie
You don't object to being married in a hotel parlor, and by a Congregationalist minister, do you?
"Norine's Revenge; Sir Noel's Heir" by May Agnes Fleming
The Congregationalists have four women preachers; the Salvation Army over 3000.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
It was received with delight by the Presbyterians, but the Congregationalists who had sponsored it were thoroughly dissatisfied.
"The Story of Our Hymns" by Ernest Edwin Ryden

In news:

American abolitionist writer Harriett Beecher Stowe was born on June 14, 1811 to Lyman Beecher, a Congregationalist minister.