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[soo-pruh-lap-sair-ee-uh-niz-uh m] /ˌsu prə læpˈsɛər i əˌnɪz əm/
noun, Theology.
the doctrine that the decree of election preceded human creation and the Fall (opposed to infralapsarianism).
Origin of supralapsarianism
1765-75; supra- + lapsarian, as in infralapsarian + -ism
Related forms
supralapsarian, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • Finally, the climax in her iniquities of mind and conduct reached its height and she was publicly denounced as a supralapsarian.

    Essays in Rebellion Henry W. Nevinson
British Dictionary definitions for supralapsarian


/ˌsuːprəlæpˈsɛərɪən; ˌsjuː-/
(Christian theol) a person who believes that God decreed the election or nonelection of individuals to salvation even before the Fall Compare infralapsarian
Derived Forms
supralapsarianism, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin suprālapsārius, from Latin supra- + lapsus a fall
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Word Origin and History for supralapsarian

1630s, see supra- + infralapsarian, of which it is the opposite.

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