Christian

A Christian is someone whose religious beliefs are based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. A Christian often attends church on Sundays and reads the Bible.

People who describe themselves as Christian can have many differing beliefs and ways of living a spiritual life. What every Christian has in common is a belief that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, or savior of humans. The earliest form of the word Christian was the Old English Cristen, which comes from the Greek word khristos, or "the anointed," itself a translation of the Hebrew mashiah, or "messiah."

Definitions of Christian
  1. noun
    a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination
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    Timothy
    a disciple of Saint Paul who became the leader of the Christian community at Ephesus
    Titus
    a Greek disciple and helper of Saint Paul
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    Adventist, Second Adventist
    a member of Christian denomination that expects the imminent advent of Christ
    gentile
    a Christian
    gentile, goy, non-Jew
    a Christian as contrasted with a Jew
    Protestant
    an adherent of Protestantism
    Friend, Quaker
    a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)
    Catholic
    a member of a Catholic church
    Old Catholic
    a member of the church formed in the 19th century by German Catholics who refused to accept the infallibility of the Pope
    Copt
    a member of the Coptic Church
    Apostle
    (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
    Apostelic Father, Apostle
    any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people
    arianist
    an adherent of Arianism (the belief that Jesus Christ was not truly God)
    born-again Christian
    a Christian who has experienced a dramatic conversion to faith in Jesus
    communicant
    a person entitled to receive Communion
    Melchite, Melkite
    an Orthodox Christian or Uniate Christian belonging to the patriarchate of Alexandria or Antioch or Jerusalem
    Melchite, Melkite
    an eastern Christian in Egypt or Syria who adheres to the Orthodox faith as defined by the council of Chalcedon in 451 and as accepted by the Byzantine emperor
    Nazarene
    an early name for any Christian
    Shaker
    a member of Christian group practicing celibacy and communal living and common possession of property and separation from the world
    Tractarian
    a follower of Tractarianism and supporter of the Oxford movement (which was expounded in pamphlets called `Tracts for the Times')
    WASP, white Anglo-Saxon Protestant
    a white person of Anglo-Saxon ancestry who belongs to a Protestant denomination
    Anabaptist
    adherent of Anabaptism
    Christian Scientist
    a member of the Protestant church founded in the United States by Mary Baker Eddy
    Anglican Catholic
    a member of the Anglican Church who emphasizes its Catholic character
    Greek Catholic
    a member of the Greek Orthodox Church
    Roman Catholic
    a member of the Roman Catholic Church
    Uniat, Uniate, Uniate Christian
    a member of the Uniat Church
    Baptist
    follower of Baptistic doctrines
    Congregationalist
    a member of the Congregational Church
    Nonconformist, chapelgoer
    a Protestant in England who is not a member of the Church of England
    Anglican
    a Protestant who is a follower of Anglicanism
    Episcopalian
    a member of the Episcopal church
    fundamentalist
    a supporter of fundamentalism
    Jehovah's Witness
    believer in imminent approach of the millennium; practitioner of active evangelism
    Latter-Day Saint, Mormon
    a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    Methodist
    a follower of Wesleyanism as practiced by the Methodist Church
    Orangeman
    a member of a society founded in Ireland in 1795 to uphold Protestantism and the British sovereign
    Pentecostal, Pentecostalist
    any member of a Pentecostal religious body
    Bishop of Rome, Catholic Pope, Holy Father, Roman Catholic Pope, Vicar of Christ, pontiff, pope
    the head of the Roman Catholic Church
    Presbyterian
    a follower of Calvinism as taught in the Presbyterian Church
    Puritan
    a member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was incomplete and advocated the simplification and regulation of forms of worship
    type of:
    religious person
    a person who manifests devotion to a deity
  2. adjective
    relating to or characteristic of Christianity
    Christian rites”
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