- the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works.
- the judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.
Related formsle·gal·ist, nounle·gal·is·tic, adjectivele·gal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Examples from the Web for legalist
This may be said to be the view of the publicist or legalist.The Deaf|Harry Best
What a triumphant answer is here to the legalist on the one side, and the antinomian on the other!Notes on the Book of Leviticus|C. H. Mackintosh
The legalist teaches that we must surrender earth in order to get heaven.Notes on the Book of Genesis|Charles Henry Mackintosh
Looking at him, no sinner need despair; looking at him, no legalist can boast.Elijah the Tishbite|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
He was equally far removed from the excesses of the legalist, the pietist, the ascetic, and the enthusiast.