anythingarian

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Etymology[edit]

anything +‎ -arian, by analogy with unitarian, trinitarian, etc.

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anythingarian (plural anythingarians)

  1. (derogatory) A person who does not profess any particular creed; an indifferentist.
    • ante 1704, The Works of Tom Brown, volume 3, page 97
      Such bifarious anythingarians, that always make their interest the standard of their religion.
    • 1738, Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation, dialogue 1
      Lady Smart. What Religion is he of?
      Ld. Sparkiſh. Why he is an Anythingarian.
      Lady Anſw. I believe, he has his Religion to chuſe, my Lord.
    • 1850, Charles Kingsley, Alton Locke, Tailor and Poet, chapter 22
      They made puir Robbie Burns an anythingarian with their blethers.

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