Baptist



a member of a Christian denomination that baptizes believers by immersion and that is usually Calvinistic in doctrine.
(lowercase) a person who baptizes.
the Baptist, John the Baptist.
Also, Baptistic. of or relating to Baptists or their doctrines or practices.
Contemporary Examples

That’s when Pinto Molina, an ordained Baptist reverend, and Saboia, a Roman Catholic, got out of the car and prayed.
Escape from Bolivia Mac Margolis September 1, 2013

Her target was the Rev. Howard Bess, a local Baptist pastor who had opened the doors of his church to openly gay Christians.
Inside Sarah’s Church Max Blumenthal September 4, 2009

Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, won by attracting a surge of evangelical voters, but his underfunded campaign soon sputtered.
Many Candidates Are MIA in the 2012 Iowa Caucuses Howard Kurtz December 8, 2011

She spends a lot of time at her Baptist church—Wednesday night Bible study and Sunday services.
One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever ProPublica May 29, 2014

Quiet and suburban, the area boasts endless high-end strip malls and an equal number of Baptist churches.
Tennis’ New All-American Sweetheart Danielle Friedman September 7, 2009

Historical Examples

One of the sketches represented the daughter of Herodias receiving the head of John the Baptist in a charger.
The Marble Faun, Volume I. Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Baptist pulled off his hat, and apologized, on the ground of illness.
The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII) John Greenleaf Whittier

In 1876, he entered the ministry of the Baptist church but on account of failing health was compelled to leave the work.
History of Company K. 1st (Inft,) Penn’a Reserves H. N. (Henry N.) Minnigh

The Seventh Day Baptist minister went so fur as to preach at him.
The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

The equilibrium of the figures composing the group is the same as that of the “Saint John the Baptist.”
Rodin: The Man and his Art Judith Cladel

noun
a member of any of various Christian sects that affirm the necessity of baptism (usually of adults and by immersion) following a personal profession of the Christian faith
the Baptist, See John the Baptist
adjective
denoting, relating to, or characteristic of any Christian sect that affirms the necessity of baptism following a personal profession of the Christian faith
n.

c.1200, “one who baptizes;” see baptize + -ist. As “member of a Protestant sect that believes in adult baptism by immersion” (with capital B-), attested from 1654; their opponents called them anabaptists.

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