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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR QUAKER

Nothing of the kind was ever seen before in the habitation of a Quaker farmer.

The Quaker trading captain regarded him for a while in silence.

Do you remember the honest Quaker's answer to the man of no party?

Returning to England, he married a Quaker lady as his second wife.

He was a Quaker preacher, and his presence in Preston was the occasion of this disturbance.

He had just had a "fratch" with the Quaker preachers on the subject of election.

In the second place, he was a Quaker, and a man who liked the right sort of boys.

Her dress was a near approach to the Quaker garb of the followers of Penn.

They were not all ministers and deacons aboard the Quaker City.

This may appropriately be followed by a Quaker meeting for worship.

WORD ORIGIN

1651, said to have been applied to them in 1650 by Justice Bennett at Derby, from George Fox's admonition to his followers to "tremble at the Word of the Lord;" but the word was used earlier of foreign sects given to fits of shaking during religious fervor, and that is likely the source here. Either way, it never was an official name of the Religious Society of Friends. The word in a literal sense is attested from early 15c., an agent noun from quake (v.).

Quaker gun (1809, American English) was a log painted black and propped up to look from a distance like a cannon, so called for the sect's noted pacifism. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been known as the Quaker City since at least 1824. Related: Quakerish; Quakeress ("a female Quaker"); Quakerism.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR QUAKER

earthquake

nountremor from inside the earth
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