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[an-ti-noh-mee-uh n] /ˌæn tɪˈnoʊ mi ən/
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
1635-45; < 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 Unabridged
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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."


    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


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
a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
Derived Forms
antinomianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antinomian

"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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