noun /nɪ.kəˈleɪ.ɪ.t(ə)n/
A member of an early Christian sect, said to participate in certain pagan ceremonies.

But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which also I hate....So hast thou also them that hold to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.

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