from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, a Roman Catholic order founded in 1732 by Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A member of the Roman Catholic missionary congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (i.e. Jesus Christ), founded in 1732 by Saint Alphonsus Maria of Liguori
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, founded in Naples in 1732 by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liquori. It was introduced onto the United States in 1832 at Detroit. The Fathers of the Congregation devote themselves to preaching to the neglected, esp. in missions and retreats, and are forbidden by their rule to engage in the instruction of youth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of a Roman Catholic order founded by Alfonso Maria da Liguori of Naples in 1732.
French rédemptoriste, from Late Latin redēmptor, redeemer, from Latin, contractor, from redēmptor, past participle of redimere, to buy back; see redeem.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French Rédemptoriste, from Italian Redentorista, from redentore ("redeemer, savior") (notably the Messiah, Christ; from Latin redēmptor, from redēmptus, perfect passive participle of redimō ("redeem, buy back"), itself from re- ("back; again") + emō ("buy; gain, take, procure")) + -ista ("-ist"). (Wiktionary)