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Standard Definition

[n] a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and is a member of a Christian denomination
[adj] following the teachings or manifesting the qualities or spirit of Jesus Christ
[adj] (religion) relating to or characteristic of Christianity; "Christian rites"


christianly - (3 syllables), christlike - (2 syllables), christly - (2 syllables)



Misc. Definitions

\Chris"tian\, n. [L. christianus, Gr. ?; cf. AS. cristen. See {Christ}.]
1. One who believes, or professes or is assumed to believe, in Jesus Christ, and the truth as taught by Him; especially, one whose inward and outward life is conformed to the doctrines of Christ. The disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. --Acts xi. 2
2. One born in a Christian country or of Christian parents, and who has not definitely becomes an adherent of an opposing system.
3. (Eccl.) (a) One of a Christian denomination which rejects human creeds as bases of fellowship, and sectarian names. They are congregational in church government, and baptize by immersion. They are also called {Disciples of Christ}, and {Campbellites}. (b) One of a sect (called {Christian Connection}) of open-communion immersionists. The Bible is their only authoritative rule of faith and practice. Note: In this sense, often pronounced, but not by the members of the sects, kr[=i]s"chan.
\Chris"tian\, a.
1. Pertaining to Christ or his religion; as, Christian people.
3. Pertaining to the church; ecclesiastical; as, a Christian court. --Blackstone.
4. Characteristic of Christian people; civilized; kind; kindly; gentle; beneficent. The graceful tact; the Christian art. --Tennyson. {Christian Commission}. See under {Commission}. {Christian court}. Same as {Ecclesiastical court}. {Christian era}, the present era, commencing with the birth of Christ. It is supposed that owing to an error of a monk (Dionysius Exiguus, d. about 556) employed to calculate the era, its commencement was fixed three or four years too late, so that 1890 should be 1893 or 189
4. {Christian name}, the name given in baptism, as distinct from the family name, or surname.
\Chris"tian\, a. {Christian Endeavor, Young People's Society of}. In various Protestant churches, a society of young people organized in each individual church to do Christian work; also, the whole body of such organizations, which are united in a corporation called the United Society of Christian Endeavor, organized in 188
5. The parent society was founded in 1881 at Portland, Maine, by Rev. Francis E. Clark, a Congregational minister. Christian Era \Christian