Definitions of protestant

  1. the Protestant churches and denominations collectively
  2. an adherent of Protestantism
  3. 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.
  4. Making a protest; protesting.
  5. Of or pertaining to the faith and practice of those Christians who reject the authority of the Roman Catholic Church; as, Protestant writers.
  6. Protester.
  7. One who declares an opinion opposing those generally accepted.
  8. A member of any Christian church other than the Greek or Roman Catholic.
  9. ( orig.) One of those who, in 1529, protested against an edict of Charles V. and the Diet of Spires: one who protests against the Church of Rome.
  10. One who protests against the Church of Rome.
  11. A member of one of those bodies of Christians opposed to Roman Catholicism.
  12. One who protests; specially one who protests, in the name of the rights of conscience, against the authority, in matters spiritual, claimed by the Church of Rome; one of the party who adhered to Luther at the Reformation, and in 1529 protested, at the Diet of Spires, against a decree of the Emperor Charles V.
  13. One who adhered to Luther in 1529 when he made a solemn declaration of dissent from a decree of Charles V. and the Diet of Spires; a name applied to all Christian denominations that differ from the Church of Rome- restricted to those sprung from the Reformation.
  14. Declaring an opposing opinion: Protestant.
  15. Pertaining to such churches or their members.
  16. Protesting: pertaining to the faith of those who protest against the Church of Rome.
  17. Protesting; pertaining to Protestants or to Protestantism.
  18. Of or relating to Protestants, or their doctrines or forms of religion.
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