methodist (n.)

1590s, "one who is characterized by strict adherence to method," from method + -ist. With a capital M-, it refers to the Protestant religious denomination founded 1729 at Oxford University by John and Charles Wesley. The name had been used at least since 1686 for various new methods of worship; it was applied to the Wesleys by their fellow-students at Oxford for their methodical habits in study and religious life. Johnson (1755) describes them as "One of a new kind of puritans lately arisen, so called from their profession to live by rules and in constant method." Related: Methodism.

updated on January 07, 2019

Definitions of methodist from WordNet
Methodist (n.)
a follower of Wesleyanism as practiced by the Methodist Church;
Methodist (adj.)
of or pertaining to or characteristic of the branch of Protestantism adhering to the views of Wesley;
Synonyms: Wesleyan
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