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Definition someone who holds to and spreads a belief or doctrine

More rarely, adherent can denote something that is sticky such as glue.
  • It numbered thirty million of adherents, and it cast eight million votes.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He was replaced by one Jan Hinckart, Lord of Ohain, a loyal adherent of Orange.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • But it is full of indignation to-night after undergoing the ordeal of consigning to the tomb the remains of a faithful, a zealous, a devoted adherent.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Alone, scared, killing before someone can kill him, a firm adherent to the first rule, until he broke it by letting me go and then bringing me back.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The two outcasts shaved off their hair, and soon they were the strongest adherents of the new faith.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Two were tears from someone trying to remove an adherent cancerous mass.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • All the world was there, artists, journalists, professors, business men, and of course every adherent of pleasure in the town.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • I gave no credence to the ideology of Garveyism; it was, rather, the emotional dynamics of its adherents that evoked my admiration.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • One reason for that is the suggestion made by some of its churches that God will reward adherents with riches in this life.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • A sprinkling of applause greeted the illusion, gathering adherents from all parts of the auditorium until it reached its short crescendo and died away.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • Though, by this course, neither one aim nor the other could be attained, yet it seemed best to the adherents of this third party.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But the judge was an adherent of proper protocol and wanted that to show in the record.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Very early in my observations I discovered that they led a well-regulated life, although they were not slavish adherents to fixed schedules.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • You are aware that I am the adherent of no organized religion much less of any philosophy built into a system.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He returns, in fine, to punish as a rebel every adherent of his brother Prince John.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • After this he awaited an opportunity to crush the Orsini, having scattered the adherents of the Colonna house.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Each sect had its adherents, though neither was regularly organized and disciplined.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • The place had no other adherents.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Dr. Sprague, the rugged and weighty, was, as every one had foreseen, an adherent of Mr. Farebrother.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The nobles hated Joazar, the high-priest; the Separatists, on the other hand, were his zealous adherents.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur

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