- the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works.
- the judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.
OTHER WORDS FROM legalismle·gal·ist, nounle·gal·is·tic, adjectivele·gal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use legalism in a sentence
Two great intellectual currents came together over the past century to bring America to this state of hyper-legalism.
The writer is ill-equipped to estimate the peculiar value of Roman legalism to mankind.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
With this legalism went a spirit of intense exclusiveness and narrow ecclesiasticism.Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge
Is it to a disinterested and even-handed justice, the high legalism of the Golden Rule, which would be the humanist's way?Preaching and Paganism|Albert Parker Fitch