Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Baptist"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Baptist \Bap"tist\, n. [L. baptista, G. ?]
1. One who administers baptism; -- specifically applied to
John, the forerunner of Christ. --Milton.

2. One of a denomination of Christians who deny the validity
of infant baptism and of sprinkling, and maintain that
baptism should be administered to believers alone, and
should be by immersion. See {Anabaptist}.

Note: In doctrine the Baptists of this country [the United
States] are Calvinistic, but with much freedom and
moderation. --Amer. Cyc.

{Freewill Baptists}, a sect of Baptists who are Arminian in
doctrine, and practice open communion.

{Seventh-day Baptists}, a sect of Baptists who keep the
seventh day of the week, or Saturday, as the Sabbath. See
{Sabbatarian}. The Dunkers and Campbellites are also

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : of or pertaining to or characteristic of the Baptist church;
"Baptist baptismal practices" [syn: {Baptist}, {Baptistic}]
n : follower of Baptistic doctrines [syn: {Baptist}]

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