Meaning of Christadelphian in English:


Pronunciation /ˌkrɪstəˈdɛlfɪən/


  • A member of a Christian sect, founded in America in 1848, which claims to return to the beliefs and practices of the earliest disciples and holds that Christ will return in power to set up a worldwide theocracy beginning at Jerusalem.

    ‘Brierley estimates the total membership of non-Trinitarian churches (including the Christadelphians, Christian Scientists, Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses) as having risen from 71,000 in 1900 to 537,000 in 2000.’
    • ‘Convincing the government the humanist cause was worthy of a seat up there among the tax-free clouds alongside the Catholics and the Christadelphians, however, wasn't easy.’
    • ‘Some groups, like the Christadelphians, confined themselves to a specific objection to bearing arms, and agreed to accept non-combatant service.’
    • ‘‘The meaning of the word Christadelphian, which comes from Greek, is brother of Christ,’ explains Fr Horan.’
    • ‘Millenarian Christian beliefs thereafter became associated with dissident sects, and are expressed today in the beliefs of sects such as the Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Christadelphians, and Mormons.’


  • Of or adhering to the Christadelphian sect and its beliefs.

    ‘The evenings when she was hanging around with Teresa on the streets her parents believed she was attending bible study classes and various other groups at the Christadelphian church in town.’
    • ‘Fr Neil attended the event, which was organised by the Christadelphian sect.’
    • ‘The two-volume leather-bound tome, printed in 1651, has just been removed from Barnsley library, where it is in a Bible exhibition run by the Lincolnshire-based Christadelphian society.’
    • ‘The following year he attended a lecture on biblical prophecy which was held by the Christadelphian sect.’
    • ‘Pam Jones of the Christadelphian church in Blenheim Road, said she was appalled at the damage caused on Tuesday night.’


From late Greek Khristadelphos ‘in brotherhood with Christ’ (from Greek Khristos ‘Christ’ + adelphos ‘brother’) + -ian.