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antinomian

[an-ti-noh-mee-uh n] /ˌæn tɪˈnoʊ mi ən/
noun
1.
a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.
Origin of antinomian
1635-1645
1635-45; < Medieval Latin Antinom(ī) name of sect (plural of Antinomus opponent of (the moral) law < Greek antí anti- + nómos law) + -ian
Related forms
antinomianism, noun
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  • That is antinomian or hypernomian, and judges law as well as fact.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Compare "antiseptic," "antinomian," "ultramontane," "semicircle."

    "Stops"

    Paul Allardyce
  • This would be to push Paul's argument to an antinomian extreme.

  • Besides being an antinomian, he is a violent Jacobin and leveller, sir.

    Shirley Charlotte Bront
  • New Haven was settled in 1638, in the height of the antinomian difficulties.

    England in America, 1580-1652 Lyon Gardiner Tyler
  • They call themselves "Anti-means Baptists" from their antinomian tenets.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • The artistic critic, like the mystic, is an antinomian always.

    Intentions Oscar Wilde
  • This was true, especially in Kentucky, where able men like the two Dudleys held to the antinomian wing of their denomination.

    The Hoosier Schoolmaster Edward Eggleston
  • Thus Roche denounced as antinomian the very doctrine now commonly regarded as evangelical.

British Dictionary definitions for antinomian

antinomian

/ˌæntɪˈnəʊmɪən/
adjective
1.
relating to the doctrine that by faith and the dispensation of grace a Christian is released from the obligation of adhering to any moral law
noun
2.
a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
Derived Forms
antinomianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antinomian
n.

"one who maintains the moral law is not binding on Christians under the law of grace," 1640s, from Medieval Latin Antinomi, name given to a sect of this sort that arose in Germany in 1535, from Greek anti- "opposite, against" (see anti-) + nomos "rule, law" (see numismatics).

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