Dukhobortsy

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Dukhobortsy A Russian religious sect founded about the middle of the 18th century at Kharkov. They believe that Christ was wholly human, but that his soul reappears from time to time in mortals. They accept the Ten Commandments and the “useful” portions of the Bible, but deny the need of rulers, priests, or churches, and have no confessions, icons, or marriage ceremonies. They are communistic, opposed to any violence, and unwilling to use the labor of animals. Driven out of Russia proper, many have emigrated to Cyprus and Canada. See Raskolnik, below.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Russ. dukhobortsy, spirit wrestlers; dukh, spirit + bortsy, wrestlers

Usage

In literature:

He has joined the Dukhobortsi; has sold his large estate, and is devoting all the money to their cause.
"The Crown of Life" by George Gissing
They are very closely akin to the Dukhobortsy, of which sect they are an offshoot.
"Russia" by Various
A Transcendentalist is a Dukhobortsi with a college education.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
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