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[an-ti-noh-mee-uh n]
  1. a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.
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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
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Historical Examples of antinomianism

  • Different from either of these was the Antinomianism charged by Luther against Agricola.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2


  • Cold Pelagianism on the one hand, and Antinomianism on the other, have been presented in the same manner.

  • She was great at Antinomianism and Bible-classes, and was plainly going to hold a class now.

  • Antinomianism is as old as St. Paul's doctrine—so very much misunderstood—of justification.

  • This “necessity” seems the predestination of Calvinism, with the immorality of antinomianism.

British Dictionary definitions for antinomianism


  1. 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
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  1. a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
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Derived Formsantinomianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antinomianism


1640s, from antinomian + -ism.

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"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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