A member of a mystical Polish Christian sect professing particular devotion to Virgin Mary, founded in 1906.
The sect was recognized by the Polish Duma in 1911 and enjoyed a few years' prosperity thereafter, but declined in numbers and influence in the early 1920s.
Of, relating to, or belonging to the sect of Mariavites.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Tablet. From post-classical Latin Mariavita from Polish mariawita from the Latin phrase qui Mariae vitam imitantur who copy the life of Mary.