Dukhobortsy
Raskolnik Ras*kol"nik (r[a^]s*k[o^]l"n[i^]k), n.; pl. {Raskolniki} (r[a^]s*k[o^]l"n[i^]k*[=e]) or {Raskolniks}. [Russ. raskol'nik dissenter, fr. raskol dissent.] The name applied by the Russian government to any subject of the Greek faith who dissents from the established church. The Raskolniki embrace many sects, whose common characteristic is a clinging to antique traditions, habits, and customs. The schism originated in 1667 in an ecclesiastical dispute as to the correctness of the translation of the religious books. The dissenters, who have been continually persecuted, are believed to number about 20,000,000, although the Holy Synod officially puts the number at about 2,000,000. They are officially divided into three groups according to the degree of their variance from orthodox beliefs and observances, as follows: I. ``Most obnoxious.'' the

{Judaizers}; the

{Molokane}, who refuse to recognize civil authority or to take oaths; the

{Dukhobortsy}, or

{Dukhobors}, who are communistic, marry without ceremony, and believe that Christ was human, but that his soul reappears at intervals in living men; the

{Khlysty}, who countenance anthropolatory, are ascetics, practice continual self-flagellation, and reject marriage; the

{Skoptsy}, who practice castration; and a section of the

{Bezpopovtsy}, or priestless sect, which disbelieve in prayers for the Czar and in marriage. II. ``Obnoxious:'' the

{Bezpopovtsy}, who pray for the Czar and recognize marriage. III. ``Least obnoxious:'' the

{Popovtsy}, who dissent from the orthodox church in minor points only. [Written also {rascolnik}.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Dukhobors — Du*kho*bors , Dukhobortsy Du*kho*bor tsy, n. pl. [Russ. dukhobortsy spirit wrestlers; dukh spirit + bortsy wrestlers.] A Russian religious sect founded about the middle of the 18th century at Kharkov. They believe that Christ was wholly human,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Doukhobor — The Doukhobors or Dukhobors (Russian: Духоборы, Dukhobory), earlier Dukhobortsy (Russian: Духоборцы) (literally Spirit Wrestlers) are a group of Russian origin. The Doukhobors were one of the sects later defined as a religious philosophy, ethnic… …   Wikipedia

  • Bezpopovtsy — Raskolnik Ras*kol nik (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k), n.; pl. {Raskolniki} (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k*[=e]) or {Raskolniks}. [Russ. raskol nik dissenter, fr. raskol dissent.] The name applied by the Russian government to any subject of the Greek faith who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bezpopovtsy — Raskolnik Ras*kol nik (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k), n.; pl. {Raskolniki} (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k*[=e]) or {Raskolniks}. [Russ. raskol nik dissenter, fr. raskol dissent.] The name applied by the Russian government to any subject of the Greek faith who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dukhobors — Raskolnik Ras*kol nik (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k), n.; pl. {Raskolniki} (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k*[=e]) or {Raskolniks}. [Russ. raskol nik dissenter, fr. raskol dissent.] The name applied by the Russian government to any subject of the Greek faith who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Judaizers — Raskolnik Ras*kol nik (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k), n.; pl. {Raskolniki} (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k*[=e]) or {Raskolniks}. [Russ. raskol nik dissenter, fr. raskol dissent.] The name applied by the Russian government to any subject of the Greek faith who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Khlysty — Raskolnik Ras*kol nik (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k), n.; pl. {Raskolniki} (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k*[=e]) or {Raskolniks}. [Russ. raskol nik dissenter, fr. raskol dissent.] The name applied by the Russian government to any subject of the Greek faith who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Molokane — Raskolnik Ras*kol nik (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k), n.; pl. {Raskolniki} (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k*[=e]) or {Raskolniks}. [Russ. raskol nik dissenter, fr. raskol dissent.] The name applied by the Russian government to any subject of the Greek faith who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Popovtsy — Raskolnik Ras*kol nik (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k), n.; pl. {Raskolniki} (r[a^]s*k[o^]l n[i^]k*[=e]) or {Raskolniks}. [Russ. raskol nik dissenter, fr. raskol dissent.] The name applied by the Russian government to any subject of the Greek faith who… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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