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[ahr-min-ee-uh-niz-uh m]
noun Theology.
  1. the doctrinal teachings of Jacobus Arminius or his followers, especially the doctrine that Christ died for all people and not only for the elect.Compare Calvinism(def 1).
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Origin of Arminianism

1610–20; J. Armini(us) + -an + -ism
Related formsAr·min·i·an, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples of arminian

  • He has an excellent humour for an heretick, and in these days made the first Arminian.


    John Earle

  • Arminian and Socinian were at peace if science was the theme.

    The Bibliotaph

    Leon H. Vincent

  • A soldier said he would get a gimlet and bore a hole into the Arminian.

  • We have spoken casually of the Calvinistic and Arminian creeds.

  • Their place had been taken by the ungodly, the Arminian and the idol-worshipper.

    Colonel Thomas Blood

    Wilbur Cortez Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for arminian


  1. denoting, relating to, or believing in the Christian Protestant doctrines of Jacobus Arminius, published in 1610, which rejected absolute predestination and insisted that the sovereignty of God is compatible with free will in man. These doctrines deeply influenced Wesleyan and Methodist theology
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  1. a follower of such doctrines
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Derived FormsArminianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for arminian


1610s, from Arminius, Latinized form of the name of James Harmensen (1560-1609), Dutch Protestant theologian who opposed Calvin, especially on the question of predestination. His ideas were denounced at the Synod of Dort, but nonetheless spread in the Reformed churches.

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