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[sol-uh-fid-ee-uh n] /ˌsɒl əˈfɪd i ən/
noun, Theology.
a person who maintains that faith alone, without the performance of good works, is all that is necessary for salvation.
Origin of solifidian
1590-1600; soli-1 + Latin fid(ēs) faith, belief, trust + -ian
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solifidianism, noun Unabridged
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(Christianity) a person who maintains that man is justified by faith alone
Derived Forms
solifidianism, noun
Word Origin
C16: from New Latin sōlifidius, from Latin sōlus sole + fides faith
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Word Origin and History for solifidian

"one who believes in salvation by faith alone" (based on Luther's translation of Rom. iii:28), 1590s, Reformation coinage from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)) + fides "faith" (see faith). As an adjective from c.1600. Related: Solifidianism

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