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ˈdɒn ə tɪst, ˈdoʊ nə-do·natist

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Donatistadjective

    an adherent of Donatism

  2. Donatistadjective

    of or relating to Donatism


  1. donatistnoun

    A follower of Donatus Magnus or one who supports the belief of donatism.

  2. Donatistnoun

    One of a group of Christians in fourth-century North Africa who broke away as a group after opposing the appointment of as Bishop of Carthage, and who disputed the validity of baptisms performed by others.

  3. Etymology: From Donatista, from Donatus.


  1. donatist

    Donatism was a Christian sect leading to a schism in the Church, in the region of the Church of Carthage, from the fourth to the sixth centuries. Donatists argued that Christian clergy must be faultless for their ministry to be effective and their prayers and sacraments to be valid. Donatism had its roots in the long-established Christian community of the Roman province Africa Proconsularis (present-day Tunisia, the northeast of Algeria, and the western coast of Libya), in the persecutions of Christians under Diocletian. Named after the Berber Christian bishop Donatus Magnus, Donatism flourished during the fourth and fifth centuries.


  1. donatist

    The Donatists were a religious sect that broke away from the mainstream Christian Church in the 4th century AD, primarily in the region of North Africa. This schism occurred over theological debates about the worthiness of clergy to administer sacraments and the treatment of Christians who renounced their faith during the Roman persecutions. They believed that the validity of the sacraments depended on the moral character of the minister. The term "donatist" is often used to describe someone who adhere to this view. The Donatist movement was declared heretical by the broader Christian Church.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Donatistnoun

    a follower of Donatus, the leader of a body of North African schismatics and purists, who greatly disturbed the church in the 4th century. They claimed to be the true church

  2. Etymology: [LL. Donatista: cf. F. Donatiste.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of donatist in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of donatist in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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