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total depravity

the Calvinist doctrine that humankind's entire nature, including its reason, is corrupt or sinful as a result of the Fall and that people are therefore completely dependent on God for regeneration.
Origin of total depravity
First recorded in 1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It indulges in no spirit of bigotry, consigns no man or woman to endless torment, never talks of total depravity or original sin.

    The Bible Of Bibles; Kersey Graves
  • Also the doctrine of total depravity—he was lame on both his feet.

  • Men are no more depraved than women; or, rather, the total depravity of mankind is a lie.

  • It was an ocular demonstration of the total depravity of the Yankees.

  • There is a terrible amount of total depravity in animate and inanimate things.

    Bits About Home Matters Helen Hunt Jackson
  • What a precious doctrine is that of the total depravity of the human heart!

    Heretics And Heresies Robert G. Ingersoll
  • At the bottom of ages of cruelty lies this infamous doctrine of total depravity.

    The Ghosts Robert G. Ingersoll
  • The Professor had too much of the pride of total depravity left in him for that.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
  • But by some freak of the "total depravity of things," the translated order for the assorted cargo was not there.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Edward Everett Hale
  • "But I do not believe in 'total depravity,'" maintained Betsy, stoutly.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
British Dictionary definitions for total depravity

total depravity

(mainly Calvinist) the doctrine that man's nature is totally corrupt as a result of the Fall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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