adherent

Because an adherent is usually something or someone that sticks to something or someone else, it's logical that it can also mean a person who believes in and supports a certain philosophy or leader.

An adherent to a cause can be called a disciple, one who believes and tries to get others to believe. It can also refer to a material that sticks to other things. While the first meaning comes from the 15th century, the reference to a sticky substance didn't emerge until the 16th. In all cases, the word comes from the Latin root haerēre "stick," connected to the prefix ad- "to," making the word mean "to stick to."

Definitions of adherent
  1. noun
    someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
    synonyms: disciple
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    Baruch
    a disciple of and secretary for the prophet Jeremiah
    Saint Andrew the Apostle
    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of Peter; patron saint of Scotland
    Saint James the Apostle
    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; brother of John; author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament
    Saint John the Apostle
    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally said to be the author of the 4th Gospel and three epistles and the book of Revelation
    Judas Iscariot
    (New Testament) the Apostle who betrayed Jesus to his enemies for 30 pieces of silver
    Saint Jude
    (New Testament) supposed brother of St. James; one of the Apostles who is invoked in prayer when a situation seems hopeless
    Saint Matthew the Apostle
    (New Testament) disciple of Jesus; traditionally considered to be the author of the first Gospel
    Saint Peter the Apostle
    disciple of Jesus and leader of the Apostles; regarded by Catholics as the vicar of Christ on earth and first Pope
    Simon the Canaanite
    one of the twelve Apostles (first century)
    Thomas the doubting Apostle
    the Apostle who would not believe the resurrection of Jesus until he saw Jesus with his own eyes
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    Zen Buddhist
    an adherent of the doctrines of Zen Buddhism
    Mahayanist
    an adherent of Mahayana Buddhism
    Hinayanist
    an adherent of Hinayana Buddhism
    Lamaist
    (Buddhism) an adherent of Lamaism
    Tantrist
    an adherent of Tantrism
    Jainist
    a believer in Jainism
    Shintoist
    a believer in Shintoism
    Rasta, Rastafarian
    follower of Rastafarianism
    Mithraist
    adherent of Mithraism
    Zoroastrian
    follower of Zoroaster and Zoroastrianism
    absolutist
    one who advocates absolutism
    amoralist
    someone who adheres to the doctrine that ordinary moral distinctions are invalid
    animist
    one who accepts the doctrine of animism
    antinomian
    a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
    Apostle
    (New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel
    Aristotelean, Aristotelian, Peripatetic
    a follower of Aristotle or an adherent of Aristotelianism
    Bahai
    a teacher of or believer in Bahaism
    Tao, Taoist
    an adherent of any branch of Taoism
    clericalist
    one who advocates clericalism
    Donatist
    an adherent of Donatism
    Druse, Druze
    an adherent of an esoteric monotheistic religious sect living in the relative security of the mountains of Syria and Lebanon who believes that Al-hakim was an incarnation of God
    dualist
    an adherent of dualism
    Hussite
    an adherent of the religious reforms of John Huss
    Ismaili, Ismailian
    an adherent of Ismailism; a member of the Ismaili branch of Shiism
    Lutheran
    follower of Lutheranism
    Mahdist
    an adherent of Mahdism
    Manichaean, Manichean, Manichee
    an adherent of Manichaeism
    Monophysite
    an adherent of Monophysitism
    Neoplatonist
    an adherent of Neoplatonism
    Satanist, diabolist
    an adherent of Satan or Satanism
    Sikh
    an adherent of Sikhism
    Socinian
    an adherent of the teachings of Socinus; a Christian who rejects the divinity of Christ and the Trinity and original sin; influenced the development of Unitarian theology
    totalitarian
    an adherent of totalitarian principles or totalitarian government
    Unitarian
    adherent of Unitarianism
    Trinitarian
    adherent of Trinitarianism
    Arminian
    adherent of Arminianism
    votary
    a devoted (almost religiously so) adherent of a cause or person or activity
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    follower
    a person who accepts the leadership of another
  2. adjective
    sticking fast
    Synonyms:
    adhesive
    tending to adhere
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