- the doctrine that salvation is gained through good works.
- the judging of conduct in terms of adherence to precise laws.
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OTHER WORDS FROM legalismle·gal·ist, nounle·gal·is·tic, adjectivele·gal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Example sentences from the Web for legalism
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.