Christian


Christian
Christian Chris"tian, n. [L. christianus, Gr. ?; cf. AS. cristen. See {Christ}.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ. [1913 Webster]

The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. --Acts xi. 26. [1913 Webster]

2. One born in a Christian country or of Christian parents, and who has not definitely becomes an adherent of an opposing system. [1913 Webster]

3. (Eccl.) (a) One of a Christian denomination which rejects human creeds as bases of fellowship, and sectarian names. They are congregational in church government, and baptize by immersion. They are also called {Disciples of Christ}, and {Campbellites}. (b) One of a sect (called {Christian Connection}) of open-communion immersionists. The Bible is their only authoritative rule of faith and practice. [1913 Webster]

Note: In this sense, often pronounced, but not by the members of the sects, kr[=i]s"chan. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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