Adjective "quaker" definition and examples

(Quaker may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈkweɪkə/

Definitions and examples

noun

A member of the Religious Society of Friends, a Christian movement founded by George Fox c.1650 and devoted to peaceful principles. Central to the Quakers' belief is the doctrine of the ‘Inner Light’, or sense of Christ's direct working in the soul. This has led them to reject both formal ministry and all set forms of worship.
  1. 'Eddington was not only a rising star in astronomy but a Quaker - a religious pacifist.'
  2. 'A Quaker has appeared in court after refusing to pay part of his taxes, in case the money was used for military purposes.'
  3. 'Some of these groups, including the Baptists, Quakers, and Mennonites, developed their own forms of worship.'
  4. 'Indeed, he commended the Quakers, who rejected the sacraments, for their stress on God as Spirit.'
  5. 'But at the same time, the Quakers were religious outlaws who emigrated to America.'
  6. 'The Quakers also rejected the use of you as a polite form of address, and preferred thou, which to them signalled intimacy and equality.'
  7. 'The movement he founded came to be known as the Quakers, or more correctly, the Religious Society of Friends.'
  8. 'Modern day Quakers will be leading tours around the building and the grounds and answering questions from visitors.'
  9. 'In line with his Quaker beliefs he declared himself a conscientious objector so he could not be drafted into the military.'
  10. 'She wrote to the Society of Friends or Quakers in Dublin asking for relief and describing the appalling conditions of the times.'

More definitions

1. a popular name for a member of the Religious Society of Friends.

More examples(as adjective)

"weddings can be quaker."

Origin

(Quaker)From quake + -er, perhaps alluding to George Fox's direction to his followers to ‘tremble at the name of the Lord’, or from fits supposedly experienced by worshippers when moved by the Spirit. Compare with shaker (sense 2).