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

  • n. A member of a rigoristic, schismatic Christian sect, strongly opposed by Saint Augustine, that arose in North Africa in the fourth century A.D. and believed in sanctity as requisite for church membership and administration of all sacraments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One of a group of Christians in fourth-century North Africa who broke away as a group after opposing the appointment of Caecilianus as Bishop of Carthage, and who disputed the validity of baptisms performed by others.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A follower of Donatus, the leader of a body of North African schismatics and purists, who greatly disturbed the church in the 4th century. They claimed to be the true church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of an early Christian sect in Africa which originated in a dispute over the election of Cæecilian to the see of Carthage, a. d. 311, occasioned by his opposition to the extreme reverence paid to relics of martyrs and to the sufferers for the Christian faith called confessors, and the rivalry of Secundus, primate of Numidia.

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

  • adj. of or relating to Donatism
  • n. an adherent of Donatism


Medieval Latin Donatista, after Donatus, fourth-century A.D. ecclesiastic and rival claimant of the bishopric of Carthage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin Dōnātista, from Dōnātus. (Wiktionary)



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