[ ih-ras-chuh-niz-uh m, -tee-uh-niz- ]
/ ɪˈræs tʃəˌnɪz əm, -ti əˌnɪz- /


the doctrine, advocated by Thomas Erastus, of the supremacy of the state over the church in ecclesiastical matters.

Origin of Erastianism

First recorded in 1675–85; Erastian + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for erastianism


/ (ɪˈræstɪəˌnɪzəm) /


the theory that the state should have authority over the church in ecclesiastical matters

Derived Forms

Erastian, noun, adjective

Word Origin for Erastianism

C17: named after Thomas Erastus (1524–83), Swiss theologian to whom such views were attributed
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