Meth"o*dist (?), n. [Cf. F. m'ethodiste. See Method.]

1.

One who observes method.

[Obs.]

2.

One of an ancient school of physicians who rejected observation and founded their practice on reasoning and theory.

Sir W. Hamilton.

3. Theol.

One of a sect of Christians, the outgrowth of a small association called the "Holy Club," formed at Oxford University, A.D. 1729, of which the most conspicuous members were John Wesley and his brother Charles; -- originally so called from the methodical strictness of members of the club in all religious duties.

4.

A person of strict piety; one who lives in the exact observance of religious duties; -- sometimes so called in contempt or ridicule.

 

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Meth"o*dist, a.

Of or pertaining to the sect of Methodists; as, Methodist hymns; a Methodist elder.

 

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