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Protestant, a term applied to all those who hold the principles of the Reformation, but, as far as England is concerned, not sanctioned by Anglican usage. It was first assumed by the followers of Luther, who protested against the decree of the second Diet of Spires (1529) revoking that of the first diet (1526), by which the marriage of the clergy, the administration of the sacrament in both kinds, and various other changes had been introduced.