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Immaculate Conception

noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the dogma of the unique privilege by which the Virgin Mary was conceived in her mother's womb without the stain of original sin through the anticipated merits of Jesus Christ.Compare virgin birth(def 1).
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Origin of Immaculate Conception

First recorded in 1680–90
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British Dictionary definitions for immaculate conception

Immaculate Conception

  1. Christian theol RC Church the doctrine that the Virgin Mary was conceived without any stain of original sin
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immaculate conception in Culture

Immaculate Conception

A doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. It states that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free from original sin (see also original sin).

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