American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ancient prophet believed to have compiled a sacred history of the Americas, which were translated and published by Joseph Smith as the Book of Mormon in 1830.
- n. A member of the Mormon Church. Also called Latter-day Saint.
- adj. Of or relating to the Mormons, their religion, or the Mormon Church.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, the name, generic or specific. of several animals. In mammalogy:
- n. An adherent of a religious body in the United States, which calls itself “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” This denomination was founded in 1830 by Joseph Smith, a native of Sharon, Vermont. The government of the church is a hierarchy consisting of two orders of priesthood, an order of Melchiredek (the higher) and an Aaronic or lesser order. The former is presided over by a president and two counselors whose authority extends over the entire church, and it includes the twelve apostles, the seventies, the patriarch, the high priests, and the elders. The twelve apostles constitute a traveling high council, which ordains other officers and is intrusted with general ecclesiastical authority; the seventies are the missionaries and the propagandists of the body; the patriarch pronounces the blessing of the church; the high priests officiate in the offices of the church in the absence of any higher authorities; and the elders conduct meetings and superintend the priests. The Aaronic priesthood includes the bishops, the priests, the teachers, and the deacons; the two last named are the subordinate orders in the church. The duties of the bishops are largely secular. The entire territory governed by the church is divided and subdivided into districts, for the more efficient collection of tithes and the administration of the government. The Mormons accept the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants as authoritative, and regard the head of their church as invested with divine authority, receiving his revelations as the word of the Lord. They maintain the doctrines of repentance and faith, a literal resurrection of the dead, the second coming of Christ and his reign upon earth (having the seat of his power in their territory), baptism by immersion, baptism for the dead, and polygamy as a sacred duty for all those who are capable of entering into such marriage. The Mormons settled first at Kirtland, Ohio, then in Missouri, and after their expulsion from these places in Nauvoo, Illinois; in 1847-8 they removed to Utah, and have since spread into Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, etc. They have frequently defied the United States government. There is also a comparatively small branch of the Mormon Church, entitled “The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” which is opposed to polygamy and is ecclesiastically independent of the original organization. Also
- n. In entomology, an American hesperiid butterfly, Atrytone hobomok, which occurs from eastern Canada to the Mississippi valley. Its larvæ feed on grasses. Also called hobomok skipper.
- n. The ancient American prophet of Mormon theology who compiled the Book of Mormon.
- n. A person who belongs to the Christian religious groups related to the religion founded by Joseph Smith, Jr., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- adj. Of, or pertaining to, the faith established by Joseph Smith, Jr.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A genus of sea birds, having a large, thick bill; the puffin.
- n. The mandrill.
- n. (Eccl.) One of a Christian denomination (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) in the United States, followers of Joseph Smith, who professed to have found an addition to the Bible, engraved on golden plates, called the Book of Mormon, first published in 1830. The Mormons believe in polygamy, and their hierarchy of apostles, etc., has control of civil and religious matters.
- n. (Eccl.) A member of a sect, called the Reorganized Church of Jesus of Latterday Saints, which has always rejected polygamy. It was organized in 1852, and is represented in about forty States and Territories of the United States.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the Mormons
- n. the ancient prophet whose writings were revealed to Joseph Smith who founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- n. a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- adj. of or pertaining to or characteristic of the Mormon Church
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