• WordNet 3.6
    • n Presbyterian a follower of Calvinism as taught in the Presbyterian Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1963, Mister Rogers was ordained as a Presbyterian minister
    • a Presbyterian Of or pertaining to a presbyter, or to ecclesiastical government by presbyters; relating to those who uphold church government by presbyters; also, to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of a communion so governed.
    • n Presbyterian One who maintains the validity of ordination and government by presbyters; a member of the Presbyterian church.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Presbyterian Of or pertaining to ecclesiastical government by elders or by presbyteries. The word is specially used to note the various religious bodies which adopt the Presbyterian form of church government (see Presbyterianism), and hold a more or less modified form of Calvinism. Among the leading Presbyterian churches are the following: The established Church of Scotland, formed iu 1560 under the leadership of Knox; it prepared the First Book of Discipline in 1560, the Second Book of Discipline in 1581, and was formally established by the government in 1592. It was temporarily replaced by episcopacy during the period 1661-89. Later events were secessions leading to the formation of various bodies in the eighteenth century (Secession Church in 1733, Relief Church in 1761) and of the Free Church in 1843. See Covenanter, 2. The Presbyterian Church in the United States. Its first presbytery was founded in 1705. After a temporary disruption, the first General Assembly met in 1789. In 1838 the church split on theology and the antislavery question. (See New School and Old School, etc., below.) The two wings were reunited in 1870. It numbers over 700,000 members. The Presbyterian Church in the United States (Southern). This body seceded from the Old School Presbyterian Church in 1861 on the establishment of the Confederacy, and during the period 1861-5 it had the title of General Assembly of the Confederate States of America. It numbers about 150,000 members. Other bodies, besides the Free Church of Scotland (see free), and those mentioned below, are the Reformed Presbyterian Churches in the United States, the Welsh Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Churches of England, Canada, Ireland, etc.
    • Presbyterian A church iu the United States formed in 1858 by the coalition of various bodies. It numbers about 90,000 members.
    • n Presbyterian One who holds to the system of Presbyterianism; a member of any of the Presbyterian churches.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Presbyterian pertaining to, or consisting of, presbyters: pertaining to Presbytery or that form of church government in which all the clergy or presbyters are equal—opp. to Episcopacy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. presbytérien,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. presbyteros, comp. of presbys, old.


In literature:

All the teachers in Madame Chegaray's school were men, with the single exception of Mrs. Joseph McKee, the wife of a Presbyterian clergyman.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
Verily, beautiful for situation was the Zion of the Glenoro Presbyterians.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
Magistrates and Presbyterian ministers tramped with the rank and file.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The Presbyterian Theological School admits women.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
The Bishops were displaced by Presbyterian elders.
"Bunyan" by James Anthony Froude
I was a Presbyterian divine some six years ago, in Cincinnati.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It proved to be a revival of religion conducted by the Presbyterians.
"Trail Tales" by James David Gillilan
The Scotch and the Scotch Irish Presbyterians represent a third principle of agricultural success.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
The Doctor, in his Presbyterian zeal, had forgotten Mr. Johnson's church.
"Australia, its history and present condition" by William Pridden
Presbyterian Worship Outside of the Established Church of Scotland.
"Presbyterian Worship" by Robert Johnston

In poetry:

Half down, half up, which of the two
In kindnesses surpass;
You hack the Presbyterians through,
He offers them a glass.
"To The Corpulent Counsellor W--" by William Hutton
At Glasgow's sacred school, we find
The youth, who'd left the tart behind.
The Presbyterian fund, he'd try,
And fill a pulpit by and by.
The food he made was chang'd--the whole
Then for the body--now the soul.
"Preferment" by William Hutton

In news:

A memorial service was held at 11 am Monday at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church.
3 Duke tops Presbyterian 84-45.
First Presbyterian Church offers training program for young singers.
Voters cast electronic ballots Tuesday at Grace Presbyterian Church in Wichita, Kan.
Jennifer Renee Losh and Trenton James Cunningham were united in marriage Saturday, May 22, at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church, Wheeling, with the Rev.
He was a former member of the Presbyterian Church and retired from Heritage Plastics in Carrollton.
The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center has purchased First Presbyterian Church in Rockford.
The Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center is expanding, after purchasing the First Presbyterian Church on North Main Street.
The 41-year-old left fielder was diagnosed Wednesday with a hernia and will be operated on today by Dr Eugene Nowak at New York Presbyterian.
Fanwood Presbyterian Church will host a project of making mittens for the homeless and needy from old wool sweaters.
Old doors, new purpose: the Contemporary Artists Center at Woodside Presbyterian Church.
View full size Terry Richard/The Oregonian The Spalding Presbyterian Church.
Judi Hines of the Light the Night Walk and Elizabeth Brophy of Presbyterian Health Care Services talk about the event September 29 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Special to The News Dr Robin Weinstein serves as pastor of the former Bethany Presbyterian Church, now Bethany Grace Community Church.
McCrory, 92, died Thursday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas of complications from West Nile virus.

In science:

Kudaka Center of Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics, Engineering School, Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil.
Terahertz photometer to observe solar flares in continuum