Definitions

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

  • n. The beliefs, worship, and system of organization of the Methodists.
  • n. Emphasis on systematic procedure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The Methodist Christian denomination founded by John Wesley in 18th-century England.
  • n. Any of several related movements.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The system of doctrines, polity, and worship, of the sect called Methodists.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The principle of acting according to a fixed or strict method; the system or practice of methodists: as, methodism in medicine, or in conduct.
  • n. Specifically [capitalized] The doctrines and polity of the Methodist Church. See Methodist Church, under Methodist.

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

  • n. the religious beliefs and practices of Methodists characterized by concern with social welfare and public morals

Etymologies

From method +‎ -ism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Methodism; W.C. Braithwaite, _The Beginnings of Quakerism_ (1912); F.J. Snell, _Wesley and Methodism_ (1900); and T.E. Thorpe, _J.seph

    A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1.

  • I am sorry to say it, that though Captain Hake was a bold seaman, generous and kind-hearted, he was influenced by no religious principle; he objected to what he called Methodism on board, and so did the mate and doctor.

    The Two Whalers Adventures in the Pacific

  • Against people whose faith tells them that not only is their faith the one and only true faith but that it is the American faith, that America is a faith-based organization, and that a group of 18th Century liberal rationalists who barely believed in a Diety and who distrusted organized religions and despised what they called Methodism by which they meant what we call Evangelicalism and wrote into the Constitution a ban against any state establishment of religion still somehow managed to create a Right Wing Christianist theocracy.

    Lance Mannion:

  • As the essence of Methodism is the resistance of temptation, I intend to operate within a framework of some considerable restraint.

    The Media's Role in Society: A Statesman's View

  • It is somewhat peculiar that he should begin by making a statement about one of the most honored names in American Methodism, a statement that has been published in the papers, and that nine tenths of this body knew as well as he did.

    Samantha among the Brethren — Volume 7

  • -- One thing that helped to bring prominently forward the question of emancipating non-conformists from the civil disabilities under which they were placed, was the great religious movement known as Methodism, which during the latter part of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century revolutionized the religious life of England.

    General History for Colleges and High Schools

  • In its earlier stages the century is filled by the party strife of Whigs and Tories, and by the religious movements known as Methodism and Deism -- two strange opposites.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • That was the first and the last time I was ever privileged to hear him, but he left such an impression upon me that he stands out before me to-day as one of the greatest pulpit speakers in American Methodism.

    The story of my life, or, More than a half century as I have lived it and seen it lived,

  • If Methodism is Christianity in earnest, then to be devoted to Methodism is to be consecrated to Christianity.

    Scraps of African Methodist Episcopal History

  • Methodism, which is split into a half-score of separate organizations, though none of them is grounded on such a solid Christian basis as to justify distinctive existence, and all of them appear to be deaf to those valid reasons which common sense urges for the fraternal and actual consolidation of like religious bodies.

    The American Negro: What He Was, What He Is, and What He May Become: A Critical and Practical Discussion

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