antinomian

[an-ti-noh-mee-uh n]

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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antinomian

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

1640s, from antinomian + -ism.

antinomian

n.

"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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