Afrikaans, Dutch, Latin, late and medieval Latin, British EnglishShow more Afrikaans, earlier Dutch, preacher, minister, from Latin praedicans, praedicantem, present participle of praedicare to proclaim, to cry in public, in late and medieval Latin ‘to preach’. (In former times predicant was used also in British English).
1833Cape of G.H. Lit. Gaz. 1 Mar. 37The predicant, who had unfortunately lent himself to the oppressions of the Company, now plied them with religious advice.
1835G. ChampionJrnl (1968) 13We were at the Paarl on the occasion of choosing a precentor in the Dutch church. This like that of the Predikant (or preacher) is a salaried office & is for life.
1849R. Moffat inDaily News 24 Feb., 1900 6They have a measure of religious knowledge culled from the Bible and their itinerant predikants.
1851R. GrayJrnls of Two VisitationsII. 14They cannot believe that a predikant would walk...It is in vain to tell tham that our Lord and Master and His holy apostles walked...They know that predikants don’t walk.
1915D. FairbridgeTorch Bearer 308The Cape huis-vrouw is a hospitable and generous soul, and the predikant of a district is at all times kept well supplied with the good things of this life by his flock.
1943‘J. Burger’Black Man’s Burden 240In the days of Milner and the Anglo-Boer war the Predikante (ministers) were the leaders of the Boers in their resistance against British rule, and they were cordially hated and reviled for their pains by Milner...To-day, however, the Church is not united, and the Predikante firebrands lead a minority of the South African people in a crusade for Afrikaner independence.
1956D. JacobsonDance in Sun 92You’ve got no vices. You should have been a predikant.
1972J. PackerBoomerang 90Ma, you talk like a predikant. In a minute you’ll tell me to kneel down and pray for humility and courage!
1984Probe Nov. 4The United Congregation Church predikant.
1982D. TutuVoice of One 33Woe betide the religious leader when he has the temerity to criticise a particular political status quo. He then runs the gauntlet of harsh criticism — for being a political predikant.
1990R. StengelJanuary Sun 65The new MP,..a quiet, scholarly former predikant, believes the present Nationalist government is preparing to give power away to the blacks.
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