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[kal-vuh-niz-uh m]
  1. the doctrines and teachings of John Calvin or his followers, emphasizing predestination, the sovereignty of God, the supreme authority of the Scriptures, and the irresistibility of grace.Compare Arminianism.
  2. adherence to these doctrines.
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Origin of Calvinism

First recorded in 1560–70; Calvin + -ism
Related formsCal·vin·ist, noun, adjectiveCal·vin·is·tic, adjectiveCal·vin·is·ti·cal·ly, adverban·ti-Cal·vin·ism, nounan·ti-Cal·vin·ist, noun, adjectivean·ti-Cal·vin·is·tic, adjectivenon-Cal·vin·ist, noun, adjectivenon-Cal·vin·is·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anti-calvinistic

Historical Examples

  • Bancroft, who followed him, was as earnest in enforcing his anti-Calvinistic dogma of the divine right of the episcopate.

    History of the English People

    John Richard Green

  • Upon this, Wesley drew a lot to determine whether he should publish his Anti-Calvinistic views.

British Dictionary definitions for anti-calvinistic


  1. the theological system of John Calvin and his followers, characterized by emphasis on the doctrines of predestination, the irresistibility of grace, and justification by faith
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Derived FormsCalvinist, noun, adjectiveCalvinistic or Calvinistical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for anti-calvinistic



1560s, from John Calvin (1509-1564), Protestant reformer, + -ism. Alternative form Calvinian was in use in 1566. Generalized association with stern moral codes and predestination is attested since at least 1853. Related: Calvinist.

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anti-calvinistic in Culture


The religious doctrines of John Calvin. Calvin stressed that people are saved through God's grace, not through their own merits. The most famous of Calvin's ideas is his doctrine of predestination. In the United States, the Presbyterians make up the largest single group of Christians (see also Christian) in the Calvinist tradition.

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