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Protestants

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Protestant \Prot"es*tant\, noun [F. protestant, fr. L. protestans, -antis, p. pr. of protestare. See {Protest}, v.] One who protests; -- originally applied to those who adhered to Luther, and protested against, or made a solemn declaration of dissent from, a decree of the Emperor Charles V. and the Diet of Spires, in 1529, against the Reformers, and appealed to a general council; -- now used in a popular sense to designate any Christian who does not belong to the Roman Catholic or the Greek Church.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Protestant \Prot"es*tant\, adjective [Cf. F. protestant.]

1. Making a protest; protesting.

2. Of or pertaining to the faith and practice of those Christians who reject the authority of the Roman Catholic Church; as, Protestant writers.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Protestant

adjective

1: of or relating to Protestants or Protestantism; "Protestant churches"; "a Protestant denomination"

2: protesting

noun

1: an adherent of Protestantism

2: the Protestant churches and denominations collectively [syn: {Protestant Church}, {Protestant}]


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