American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A member of an evangelical Protestant church founded on the principles of John and Charles Wesley in England in the early 18th century and characterized by active concern with social welfare and public morals.
- n. One who emphasizes or insists on systematic procedure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [lowercase] One who is characterized. by strict adherence to method; one who thinks or acts according to a fixed system or definite principles; one who is thoroughly versed in method.
- n. One of a sect of ancient physicians who practised by method or theory. Compare Dogmatist, 2.
- n. A member of the Christian denomination founded by John Wesley (1703-91). The name was first applied to Wesley and his companions by their fellow-students at Oxford on account of their methodical habits in study and in religious life.
- Of or pertaining to Methodism or the Methodists; belonging to or agreeing with the general body of Methodists: as, Methodist principles; a Methodist church.
- n. A member of the Methodist Church; a Wesleyan.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the branch of Christianity that adheres to the views of Wesley (1703-1791)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete One who observes method.
- n. One of an ancient school of physicians who rejected observation and founded their practice on reasoning and theory.
- n. (Theol.) One of a sect of Christians, the outgrowth of a small association called the “Holy Club,” formed at Oxford University, a. d. 1729, of which the most conspicuous members were John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley; -- originally so called from the methodical strictness of members of the club in all religious duties.
- n. A person of strict piety; one who lives in the exact observance of religious duties; -- sometimes so called in contempt or ridicule.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the sect of Methodists
- n. a follower of Wesleyanism as practiced by the Methodist Church
- adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of the branch of Protestantism adhering to the views of Wesley
“SOUTHERN METHODIST do believe, do believe in slavery; while the Methodist to which Miss”
“The term Methodist was a college nickname bestowed upon a small society of students at Oxford, who met together between 1729 and 1735 for the purpose of mutual improvement.”
“Mrs. Wilson was a Protestant -- what they called a Methodist, he believed -- but her house was clean, with a few flowers in the patio, very different from the frightful conventillos in which the poor were obliged to herd.”
“Some had such a hatred of what they called Methodist fanaticism, that they shrank from any manifestation of religious life or earnestness.”
“First Methodist is known for sacred choral and organ music, and Tom responds to that.”
“Yesterday, I called a Methodist church that has been highly recommended to me by people I trust, only to be told that their daycare program (called Mother's Day Out, which doesn't seem to be an uncommon name for daycare programs) is "only for non-working mothers.”
“Bush, a Methodist, is against abortion except in certain circumstances.”
“The truest Christian I know, who happens to be a Methodist, is Stanley Hauerwas -- an uncompromising pacifist.”
“It made lots of trouble, Bud, and I never saw anything but trouble come out of this real rip-roarin 'Methodist religion, and I don't want you to get mixed up in it.”
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