[an-ti-noh-mee-uh n]


a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.

Origin of antinomian

1635–45; < Medieval Latin Antinom(ī) name of sect (plural of Antinomus opponent of (the moral) law < Greek antí anti- + nómos law) + -ian
Related formsan·ti·no·mi·an·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of antinomian

  • Success in our politics often requires a voracious, antinomian egotism, a sense that rules are for others.

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Historical Examples of antinomian

British Dictionary definitions for antinomian



relating to the doctrine that by faith and the dispensation of grace a Christian is released from the obligation of adhering to any moral law


a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
Derived Formsantinomianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antinomian

"one who maintains the moral law is not binding on Christians under the law of grace," 1640s, from Medieval Latin Antinomi, name given to a sect of this sort that arose in Germany in 1535, from Greek anti- "opposite, against" (see anti-) + nomos "rule, law" (see numismatics).

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