One of an ancient school of physicians who rejected observation and founded their practice on reasoning and theory.
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.
A person of strict piety; one who lives in the exact observance of religious duties; -- sometimes so called in contempt or ridicule.
Of or pertaining to the sect of Methodists; as, Methodist hymns; a Methodist elder.
'Christian' used to be a throwaway word. People didn't used to use it much. People didn't start self-labeling or getting labeled Christian until the last part of the 20th century. Before that, you might identify as a Baptist, or a Southern Baptist or a Methodist. But there wasn't one identifier that put you in a fold with all the other believers. Penn Jillette