One who protests; originally applied to those who adhered to Luther, and protested against, or made a solemn declaration of dissent from, a decree of the Emperor Charles V. And the Diet of Spires, in 1529, against the Reformers, and appealed to a general council; now used in a popular sense to designate any Christian who does not belong to the Roman Catholic or the Greek Church.

Origin: F. Protestant, fr. L. Protestans, -antis, p. Pr. Of protestare. See Protest.

1. Making a protest; protesting.

2. Of or pertaining to the faith and practice of those Christians who reject the authority of the Roman Catholic Church; as, Protestant writers.

Origin: Cf. F. Protestant.

(01 Mar 1998)

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