- 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
How to use legalism in a sentence
This conclusion was, in the view of the Legalist, a reductio ad absurdum of Paulinism.
The Legalist gets his religion at second-hand, mixed with undivine elements.
The legalist practically takes the same view of human nature as the sensualist.
The legalist, desiring to exalt law, in reality stultifies it.
The legalist teaches that we must surrender earth in order to get heaven.Notes on the Book of Genesis|Charles Henry Mackintosh