a person addicted to religion or a religious zealot


a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination


a religious person who is not a Catholic

  Moslem, Muslim

a believer in or follower of Islam


one who follows the teachings of Buddha

  Hindoo, Hindu

a person who adheres to Hinduism

   Abstainer, ascetic

someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline


a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)


one who anoints as a religious ceremony

    Believer, worshiper, worshipper

a person who has religious faith


an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity

   Church member, churchgoer

a religious person who goes to church regularly


someone having the same religion as another person

   Mandaean, Mandean

a member of a small Gnostic sect that originated in Jordan and survives in Iraq and who believes that John the Baptist was the Messiah

    Missionary, missioner

someone sent on a mission–especially a religious or charitable mission to a foreign country


an often derogatory term for a member of the Unification Church


a lay person dedicated to religious work or the religious life

    Ebionite, Nazarene

a member of a group of Jews who during the early history of the Christian Church have accepted Jesus as the Messiah; accepted the Gospel According to Matthew but rejected the Epistles of St. Paul and continued to follow Jewish law and celebrate Jewish holidays; were later declared heretic by the Church of Rome

    Novice, novitiate

someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows


a person who follows a polytheistic or pre-Christian religion (not a Christian or Muslim or Jew)

    Parsee, Parsi

a member of a monotheistic sect of Zoroastrian origin; descended from the Persians; now found in western India


(Roman Catholic Church) a person who repents for wrongdoing (a Roman Catholic may be admitted to penance under the direction of a confessor)

    Prayer, supplicant

someone who prays to God


someone who speaks by divine inspiration; someone who is an interpreter of the will of    God


a member of a religious order who is bound by vows of poverty and chastity and obedience

    Religious leader

leader of a religious order


one who observes Saturday as the Sabbath (as in Judaism)


a religious person who offers up a sacrifice


someone (not an orthodox Christian) who believes that the Father and Son and Holy Ghost are three separate gods

    Adventist, Second Adventist

a member of Christian denomination that expects the imminent advent of Christ


a Christian

    Gentile, goy, non-Jew

a Christian as contrasted with a Jew


an adherent of Protestantism

    Friend, Quaker

a member of the Religious Society of Friends founded by George Fox (the Friends have never called themselves Quakers)


a member of a Catholic church

    Old Catholic

a member of the church formed in the 19th century by German Catholics who refused to accept the infallibility of the Pope


a member of the Coptic Church


an orthodox Muslim


a Muslim who is involved in a jihad

    Shi’ite, Shi’ite Muslim, Shia Muslim, Shiite, Shiite Muslim

a member of the branch of Islam that regards Ali as the legitimate successor to Mohammed and rejects the first three caliphs

    Sunni, Sunni Muslim, Sunnite

a member of the branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors to Muhammad


a Hindu religious teacher; used as a title of respect


a Hindu disciple of a swami

    Hare Krishna

worshipper of Krishna and member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness


worshipper of Shakti


worshipper of Shiva


worshipper of Vishnu


one of the Muslim people of north Africa; of mixed Arab and Berber descent; converted to Islam in the 8th century; conqueror of Spain in the 8th century


(New Testament) one of the original 12 disciples chosen by Christ to preach his gospel

   Apostelic Father, Apostle

any important early teacher of Christianity or a Christian missionary to a people


an adherent of Arianism (the belief that Jesus Christ was not truly God)


a member of a secret order of Muslims (founded in the 12th century) who terrorized and killed Christian Crusaders


a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well

    Beadsman, bedesman

a person who is paid to pray for the soul of another


a Muslim woman of high rank in India or Pakistan


one who believes in the existence of a god or gods

    Born-again Christian

a Christian who has experienced a dramatic conversion to faith in Jesus

    Calif, caliph, kalif, kaliph, khalif, khalifah

the civil and religious leader of a Muslim state considered to be a representative of Allah on earth


a person entitled to receive Communion


a member of a congregation (especially that of a church or synagogue)

   Devil worshiper

someone who worships devils

    Fakeer, fakir, faqir, faquir

a Muslim or Hindu mendicant monk who is regarded as a holy man


a person who whips himself as a religious penance

   Friar, mendicant

a male member of a religious order that originally relied solely on alms

    Monastic, monk

a male religious living in a cloister and devoting himself to contemplation and prayer and work


a monk or nun belonging to the order founded by Saint Benedict


a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher


each of the first ten leaders of the Sikh religion

   Hakeem, hakim

a Muslim physician


a Muslim ruler or governor or judge

   Holy Roller

a member of a religion that expresses ecstatic fervor

    Imam, imaum

(Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosque; for Shiites an imam is a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law and a spiritual guide


a member of the Jesuit order


relating to, associated with, or denoting Jews or Judaism

    Crypto Jewish

Crypto-Judaism is the secret adherence to Judaism while publicly professing to be of another faith.

    Melchite, Melkite

an Orthodox Christian or Uniate Christian belonging to the patriarchate of Alexandria or Antioch or Jerusalem

    Melchite, Melkite

an eastern Christian in Egypt or Syria who adheres to the Orthodox faith as defined by the council of Chalcedon in 451 and as accepted by the Byzantine emperor


a member of a Buddhist people living in Myanmar and adjacent parts of Thailand


a believer in one god


a Muslim engaged in what he considers to be a jihad


an Islamic scholar who engages in ijtihad, the effort to derive rules of divine law from Muslim sacred texts

   Mollah, Mulla, Mullah

a Muslim trained in the doctrine and law of Islam; the head of a mosque


a Muslim woman

   Mystic, religious mystic

someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension


an early name for any Christian


a believer in numerology


a woman religious


someone who believes that God and the universe are the same


a member of a parish


someone who journeys to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion


someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures


a Christian recluse

   Cenobite, coenobite

a member of a religious order living in common

    Saddhu, sadhu

(Hinduism) an ascetic holy man

    Sannyasi, sannyasin, sanyasi

a Hindu religious mendicant


(historically) a Muslim who opposed the Crusades


a member of Christian group practicing celibacy and communal living and common possession of property and separation from the world


an early Christian ascetic who lived on top of high pillars


a Muslim who represents the mystical dimension of Islam; a Muslim who seeks direct experience of Allah; mainly in Iran

    Sun worshiper

someone who worships the sun


the head of a religious community


a believer in theosophy


a follower of Tractarianism and supporter of the Oxford movement (which was expounded in pamphlets called `Tracts for the Times’)


one bound by vows to a religion or life of worship or service

   Wahabi, Wahhabi

a member of a strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect from Saudi Arabia; strives to purify Islamic beliefs and rejects any innovation occurring after the 3rd century of Islam

  Wiccan, witch

a believer in Wicca


The Sabbateans (or Sabbatians) were a variety of followers of disciples and believers in Sabbatai Zevi (1626–1676), a Jewish rabbi who was proclaimed to be the Jewish Messiah in 1665 by Nathan of Gaza. Vast numbers of Jews in the Jewish diaspora accepted his claims, even after he became a Jewish apostate with his conversion to Islam in 1666.


Frankists/Sabbateans, also referred to as the “Cult of the All-Seeing Eye”. Look on the back of your one dollar bill to begin to understand their influence in your life. They are political and religious mongers.


a supporter of Zionism; a person who believes in the development and protection of a Jewish nation in what is now Israel.


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