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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Brownist (Eccl. Hist) A follower of Robert Brown, of England, in the 16th century, who taught that every church is complete and independent in itself when organized, and consists of members meeting in one place, having full power to elect and depose its officers.
    • n Brownist (Med) One who advocates the Brunonian system of medicine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brownist A follower of Robert Brown or Browne (about 1550–1633), a Puritan, who first organized the body of dissenters from the Church of England afterward called Independents. See Congregationalist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brownist brown′ist one holding the Church principles of Robert Browne (1550-1633), which may be said to have given birth to the Independents or Congregationalists of England.
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In literature:

Hereby a clear foundation is laid for the rigid Brownist's confused democracy, and abhorred anarchy.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
Thus had I the honor of knocking down the founder of the Brownists.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
And here I found our fen-sludgers all by the ears over Bishops and Papists and Brownists and such like.
"Days of the Discoverers" by L. Lamprey
A church of this order existed in London by 1568; another, possibly more than one, the "Brownists," by 1580.
"History of the United States, Vol. I (of VI)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
But now the Brownists and the politicians had it their own way; and Milton was something of both.
"Milton" by Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
He'll have thee, now thy poor 'Brownist' is gone.
"Standish of Standish" by Jane G. Austin
The Brownists, or, as they are more happily called, the Pilgrim fathers, set sail on the 12th of July, 1620, in two small vessels.
"The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)" by George Warburton
Brownists, sect of, 78.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
His views were distinctly Presbyterian, and he stoutly opposed the Brownists or Independents.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Crop the Brownist: he that the ballad was made on.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
Many retired to Holland, especially of the Brownist, or Independent denomination.
"Constitutional History of England, Vol 1 of 3" by Henry Hallam
The example of these contemned Brownists led to the Puritan settlement of New England.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
These separatists, as they called themselves, were known as Brownists in common speech.
"A Student's History of England, v. 2 (of 3)" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
It was at a Brownist's house, where we had an extraordinary good table.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn