Pelagian

[ puh-ley-jee-uh n, -juh n ]
/ pəˈleɪ dʒi ən, -dʒən /
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noun

a follower of Pelagius, who denied original sin and believed in freedom of the will.

adjective

of or relating to Pelagius or Pelagianism.

Origin of Pelagian

1525–35; < Late Latin Pelagiānus; see -an

Related formsPe·la·gi·an·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pelagian

pelagian

/ (pɛˈleɪdʒɪən) /

adjective

of or inhabiting the open sea

Word Origin for pelagian

C18: from Latin pelagius, from Greek pelagios of the sea, from pelagos sea

Pelagian

/ (pɛˈleɪdʒɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to Pelagius or his doctrines

noun

an adherent of the doctrines of Pelagius
See also Pelagianism

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Word Origin and History for pelagian

Pelagian

1530s (n.); 1570s (adj.), from Medieval Latin Pelagianus, from Pelagius, Latinized form of the name of 4c. British monk who denied the doctrine of original sin. Combated by Augustine, condemned by Pope Zosimus in 418 C.E. His name in Welsh was said to have been Morgan, literally "sea-dweller" (cf. Greek pelagos "sea;" see pelagic). Related: Pelagianism.

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