Lutheran

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Portrait of Martin Luther (1528) by the workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder, from the collection of the Lutherhaus in Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

From the surname of German theologian and ecclesiastical reformer Martin Luther (1483–1546) +‎ -an.

Luther is from an Old High German given name, from liut (people) + heri (army) (from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (army; commander, warrior), from Proto-Indo-European *kóryos (war; troops), from *ker- (army)).

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Lutheran (comparative more Lutheran, superlative most Lutheran)

  1. (Christianity) Of or pertaining to the theology of Martin Luther (1483–1546) or his followers, or the Lutheran church.
    A Lutheran understanding of the Lord’s Supper is not the same as that of other denominations.

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Lutheran (plural Lutherans)

  1. (Christianity) A member of any of the Christian churches which identify with the theology of Martin Luther.
    The split between the Lutherans and the Roman Catholics began with the Edict of Worms in 1521.

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