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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. 2018.
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  • Also the doctrine of total depravity—he was lame on both his feet.

  • Yet in the moral standard they seem to have reached the point of total depravity.

    Mexico and its Religion Robert A. Wilson
  • It was an ocular demonstration of the total depravity of the Yankees.

  • They enjoyed his confusion when charged with total depravity.

  • What a precious doctrine is that of the total depravity of the human heart!

    Heretics And Heresies 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
  • It was total depravity exemplified in the person of the Minion.

    Latitude 19 degree Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
  • "But I do not believe in 'total depravity,'" maintained Betsy, stoutly.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
  • Where then, in the economy of nature, is there room or use for the doctrine of total depravity?

    Solaris Farm

    Milan C. Edson
  • Evidently, the doctrine of total depravity, does not belong to the domain of fact.

    Solaris Farm

    Milan C. Edson
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
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