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Swedenborgian

[sweed-n-bawr-jee-uh n, -gee-] /ˌswid nˈbɔr dʒi ən, -gi-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Emanuel Swedenborg, his religious doctrines, or the body of followers adhering to these doctrines and constituting the Church of the New Jerusalem, or New Church.
noun
2.
a believer in the religious doctrines of Swedenborg.
Origin of Swedenborgian
1795-1805
First recorded in 1795-1805; Swedenborg + -ian
Related forms
Swedenborgianism, Swedenborgism, noun
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  • He had not read them himself, but had found them in the library of his mother, who was a Swedenborgian.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • A second time it is Sunday, and they are going to have service in the Swedenborgian chapel.

    Legends August Strindberg
  • For example, he is a Swedenborgian, and a believer in modern spiritualism.

  • Note that even when he is differing from his teacher, his language is Swedenborgian.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • "Nothing but the power of God," answered the Swedenborgian gravely.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • "Her body is for the time being in abeyance," said the Swedenborgian.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • The Brocton philosophy of love and marriage is manifestly Swedenborgian.

    History of American Socialisms

    John Humphrey Noyes
  • There was not a Swedenborgian temple within a hundred miles.

    The Revellers Louis Tracy
  • Joseph Worcester was a modest, shrinking Swedenborgian minister.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty

    Charles A. Murdock
  • I know he is a Swedenborgian; and papa is so well, he could not have come as a physician.'

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
Word Origin and History for Swedenborgian

1791, for Emanuel Svedberg, Swedish mystic and religious philosopher (1668-1772). His followers organized 1788 as The New Church.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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