• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Mormon of or pertaining to or characteristic of the Mormon Church "Mormon leaders","the former Mormon practice of polygamy"
    • n Mormon a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    • n Mormon the ancient prophet whose writings were revealed to Joseph Smith who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Steve Young, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is the great-great-grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young.
    • prop. n Mormon (Zoöl) A genus of sea birds, having a large, thick bill; the puffin.
    • n Mormon (Eccl) A member of a sect, called the Reorganized Church of Jesus of Latterday Saints, which has always rejected polygamy. It was organized in 1852, and is represented in about forty States and Territories of the United States.
    • a Mormon Of or pertaining to the Mormons; as, the Mormon religion; Mormon practices.
    • prop. n Mormon (Eccl) One of a Christian denomination (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in the United States, followers of Joseph Smith, who professed to have found an addition to the Bible, engraved on golden plates, called the Book of Mormon, first published in 1830. The Mormons believe in polygamy, and their hierarchy of apostles, etc., has control of civil and religious matters.☞ The Mormons call their religious organization The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Its head claims to receive revelations of God's will, and to have certain supernatural powers. The church headquarters are in Salt Lake City, Utah. They form a substantial fraction of the population of Utah, and at the end of the 20th centrury their numbers were increasing due to active proselytization.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The 1st US Mormon temple was dedicated in Kirtland, Ohio in 1836.
    • n Mormon In zoology, the name, generic or specific. of several animals. In mammalogy:
    • n Mormon An adherent of a religious body in the United States, which calls itself “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This denomination was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, a native of Sharon, Vermont. The government of the church is a hierarchy consisting of two orders of priesthood, an order of Melchiredek (the higher) and an Aaronic or lesser order. The former is presided over by a president and two counselors whose authority extends over the entire church, and it includes the twelve apostles, the seventies, the patriarch, the high priests, and the elders. The twelve apostles constitute a traveling high council, which ordains other officers and is intrusted with general ecclesiastical authority; the seventies are the missionaries and the propagandists of the body; the patriarch pronounces the blessing of the church; the high priests officiate in the offices of the church in the absence of any higher authorities; and the elders conduct meetings and superintend the priests. The Aaronic priesthood includes the bishops, the priests, the teachers, and the deacons; the two last named are the subordinate orders in the church. The duties of the bishops are largely secular. The entire territory governed by the church is divided and subdivided into districts, for the more efficient collection of tithes and the administration of the government. The Mormons accept the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants as authoritative, and regard the head of their church as invested with divine authority, receiving his revelations as the word of the Lord. They maintain the doctrines of repentance and faith, a literal resurrection of the dead, the second coming of Christ and his reign upon earth (having the seat of his power in their territory), baptism by immersion, baptism for the dead, and polygamy as a sacred duty for all those who are capable of entering into such marriage. The Mormons settled first at Kirtland, Ohio, then in Missouri, and after their expulsion from these places in Nauvoo, Illinois; in 1847-8 they removed to Utah, and have since spread into Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, etc. They have frequently defied the United States government. There is also a comparatively small branch of the Mormon Church, entitled “The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” which is opposed to polygamy and is ecclesiastically independent of the original organization. Also Mormonist, Mormonite.
    • n Mormon In entomology, an American hesperiid butterfly, Atrytone hobomok, which occurs from eastern Canada to the Mississippi valley. Its larvæ feed on grasses. Also called hobomok skipper.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mormon mor′mon one of a religious sect in Utah, U.S., openly polygamous till 1890, calling itself 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,' founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, whose supplement to the Bible, the Book of Mormon, was given out as translated from the golden plates of one 'Mormon,' but was really adapted from a MS. romance written about 1811 by Solomon Spaulding
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. mormw`n monster, bugbear


In literature:

The story of the King of Beaver Island, a Mormon colony, and his battle with Captain Plum.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Polygamy has, of late years, been most shamefully revived and outrageously practiced in face of law by the Mormons.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
A picturesque romance of Utah of some forty years ago when Mormon authority ruled.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
A picturesque romance of Utah of some forty years ago when Mormon authority ruled.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
This will come to pass as the gradual destruction of Mormonism in our country.
"The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882" by Joseph Wild
Why, they're Mormons and good Mormons, and why should I not be made over?
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
The Mormons have this rite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Compact Mormon churches are in every settlement, however small.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
The first bird I noticed in the quiet Mormon village where I settled myself to study was a little beauty in blue.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
Exercising such influence over Mormon men, it is almost superfluous to add, that his control over Mormon women is yet more complete.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Well he knew the tricks of magic,
And the lapstone on his knee
Had the gift of the Mormon's goggles
Or the stone of Doctor Dee.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Your religious "fools" are plenty,
Mormon, Pagan, Quaker, Jew -
Each is going right straight to heaven
And wants you to go there too.
"Fools" by Joseph Warren Watson
Said our good uncle Samuel, "I swaow
I had better keep aout of this raow,
For with Mormons, and Niggers,
And Greasers, I figgers
I have all I kin handle just naow."
"Modern Diplomacy, Or How The War Was Started" by Abner Cosens

In news:

Mitt Romney has been around a long time as a Mormon, a businessman and a political figure.
The year 1893 was a watershed one for the Mormons, University of Richmond professor Terryl Givens told a conference of religion writers in suburban Washington earlier this month.
No, that's not the year the Mormons outlawed polygamy.
Sunstone Documentary Looks at First Mormon Candidate.
He is one of the most complex figures in religious history and the enigma at the core of the Mormon religion.
Terryl Givens is a professor of literature and religion at the University of Richmond and author of By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion.
Cricket and Seagull: 'This Is The Christ,' from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
I've been an admirer of Walter Kirn since I read his 1993 novel She Needed Me some years ago, and I was delighted to read his thoughtful reflections on his experiences with Mormonism in The New Republic.
Kidnapped missionaries speak out 14 years later on 'Mormon Times TV'.
In recent years, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has kicked off and maintained its "I'm a Mormon" advertising and public relations campaign around the country.
Notable Latter-day Saints share 'Why I'm a Mormon'.
County officials across Colorado report receiving numerous mailings from the FLDS, otherwise known as that crazy Mormon sect led by super-creepy imprisoned polygamist Warren Jeffs.
In this installment of Thinking Aloud, scholars weigh in on the strengths and weaknesses of the new documentary "The Mormons," produced by Helen Whitney and presented on the PBS programs "American Experience" and "Frontline".
After the massacre he became a fugitive destined to live at the edges of the Mormon world.
A writer's notebook: Deseret News exclusive: Watching Katie Couric's interview with Jabari Parker at New York Mormon meetinghouse .