Nicolaitan

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Nicolaite +‎ -an.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /nɪ.kəˈleɪ.ɪ.t(ə)n/

Noun[edit]

Nicolaitan (plural Nicolaitans)

  1. A member of an early Christian sect, said to participate in certain pagan ceremonies.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version), Revelations 2:6
      But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which also I hate....So hast thou also them that hold to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.
    • 1604, Table Aleph:
      held that a Nicholaitan is an heretike, like Nicholas, who held that wiues should bee commmon to all alike.