from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Tractarians, or their principles.
  • n. One of the writers of the Oxford tracts, called “Tracts for the Times,” issued during the period 1833-1841, in which series of papers the sacramental system and authority of the Church, and the value of tradition, were brought into prominence. Also, a member of the High Church party, holding generally the principles of the Tractarian writers; a Puseyite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to the Tractarians or their doctrines.
  • n. One of the promoters or adherents of Tractarianism.

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

  • n. a follower of Tractarianism and supporter of the Oxford movement (which was expounded in pamphlets called `Tracts for the Times')


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Whig and Tory, Radical and Conservative, agree, that fire will burn and water suffocate; nay, no tractarian, so far as we know, has ventured to call in question the truths established by Cuvier and La Place.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 328, February, 1843

  • On the other hand, some of the stronger American fictions fail in workmanship; for example, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, ” which is still vivid and moving long after its tractarian interest has faded; the novels of Frank Norris, a man of great vision and high purpose, who attempted to put national economics into something like an epic of daily bread; and Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick, ” a madly eloquent romance of the sea.

    American Literature

  • It led up to the definitely religious school of children's books, first evangelical, then tractarian, with which we shall deal later: but was itself as a rule utilitarian -- or sentimental -- moral rather than directly religious.

    The English Novel

  • If he had achieved no sort of distinction, Mr. Round had at least given no offence: above all, he had kept clear of all those tractarian innovations which had been finally stamped with the censure of the university two years before.

    The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3) 1809-1859

  • But apart from other advantages incidental to the tractarian movement, such as the attention which it was the means of drawing to history and the organic connection between present and past, it had, we repeat, the merit of being an effective protest against what may be called the House of Commons 'view of human life -- a view excellent in its place, but most blighting and dwarfing out of it.

    On Compromise

  • No one has much less sympathy with the direction of the tractarian revival than the present writer, in whose Oxford days the star of Newman had set, and the sun of Mill had risen in its stead.

    On Compromise

  • Hooker and Jeremy Taylor, the philosophy of Hobbes and Locke, the commentaries of Blackstone and the ballads of Percy, together with the tractarian writings of Newman, Keble, and Pusey, were all thrown into blank verse and incorporated with the Paradise Lost, the reader would scarcely be much to blame if he failed to appreciate that delectable compound.

    Maha-bharata The Epic of Ancient India Condensed into English Verse

  • This tractarian movement was interrupted by the arrival of Mrs. Mavick.

    The Complete Project Gutenberg Writings of Charles Dudley Warner

  • It does not have to carry tractarian or overly Anglo Catholic meaning

    Stand Firm


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.