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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of an evangelical Protestant church of congregational polity, following the reformed tradition in worship, and believing in individual freedom, in the separation of church and state, and in baptism of voluntary, conscious believers.
  • n. One that baptizes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Protestant denomination of Christianity, which believes in the baptism of believers, as opposed to the baptism of infants.
  • n. An adherent of this denomination.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or adhering to the Baptist religious denomination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who administers baptism; -- specifically applied to John, the forerunner of Christ.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who administers baptism: the title (with a capital letter) of John, the forerunner of Christ.
  • n. [capitalized] A member or an adherent of one of those Christian denominations which maintain that baptism can be administered only upon a personal profession of Christian faith.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. follower of Baptistic doctrines

Etymologies

Middle English, baptizer, from Old French baptiste, from Late Latin baptista, from Greek baptist─ôs, from baptizein, to baptize; see baptize.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Baptists are not protestants.

    September 16, 2009