Methodist Meth"o*dist, n. [Cf. F. m['e]thodiste. See {Method}.] 1. One who observes method. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. One of an ancient school of physicians who rejected observation and founded their practice on reasoning and theory. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

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 Wesley; -- originally so called from the methodical strictness of members of the club in all religious duties. [1913 Webster]

4. A person of strict piety; one who lives in the exact observance of religious duties; -- sometimes so called in contempt or ridicule. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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