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antinomian

[an-ti-noh-mee-uh n]
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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

1635–45; < Medieval Latin Antinom(ī) name of sect (plural of Antinomus opponent of (the moral) law < Greek antí anti- + nómos law) + -ian
Related formsan·ti·no·mi·an·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for antinomianism

Historical Examples

  • Different from either of these was the Antinomianism charged by Luther against Agricola.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2

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  • Cold Pelagianism on the one hand, and Antinomianism on the other, have been presented in the same manner.

  • She was great at Antinomianism and Bible-classes, and was plainly going to hold a class now.

  • Antinomianism is as old as St. Paul's doctrine—so very much misunderstood—of justification.

  • This “necessity” seems the predestination of Calvinism, with the immorality of antinomianism.


British Dictionary definitions for antinomianism

antinomian

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
  1. a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
Derived Formsantinomianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antinomianism

n.

1640s, from antinomian + -ism.

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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