Definition of Anabaptism in English:



  • The doctrine that baptism should only be administered to believing adults, held by a radical Protestant sect that emerged during the 1520s and 1530s.

    ‘Lutheranism had already taken root as had Anabaptism so Calvinism was seen as another protest religion in a ever crowded field.’
    • ‘Calvinism and Anabaptism served as pivotal influences.’
    • ‘Even more extreme sects inspired by Lutheranism flourished, such as Anabaptism.’
    • ‘He clearly recognised the problem that ensued from competing modes of governance within a single church; here he found an ally in a Swiss reformer and an active opponent of Anabaptism.’
    • ‘Because Anabaptism was censured throughout much of Western Europe, the writings of the Anabaptists themselves remained in virtual obscurity.’
    • ‘The same observation might be made of Anabaptism.’
    • ‘The authors note that each of these four groups is situated within the ‘traditionalist wing’ of Anabaptism.’
    • ‘The essay on Anabaptism is excellent and a careful expert summary of a complex subject.’
    • ‘Most religions, from Anabaptism to Zoroastrianism, feature some version of Christianity's ‘Golden Rule’: Do undo others, as you would have them do unto you.’
    • ‘This interest led him to study Anabaptism at Malone College in Ohio and at Eastern Mennonite University and Seminary.’
    • ‘Indeed, they always repudiated the word Anabaptist, since they did not consider that they practiced anabaptism.’
    • ‘He always denied that he was an Anabaptist or that he practiced Anabaptism.’



/ˌanəˈbapˌtizəm/ /ˌænəˈbæpˌtɪzəm/


Mid 16th century via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek anabaptismos, from ana- ‘over again’ + baptismos ‘baptism’.