- a follower of Pelagius, who denied original sin and believed in freedom of the will.
- of or relating to Pelagius or Pelagianism.
Origin of Pelagian
Examples from the Web for pelagian
At the start a mixture of Cleopatra and Aspasia; and at the finish a feminine Pelagian.The Magnificent Montez
To deny that is the root of what is called the Pelagian heresy.The Good News of God
Augustine directed his attention more particularly to the refutation of Pelagian heresies and human Depravity.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VI
The Pelagian controversy divided and distracted the churches, and destroyed the spirit of Christian meekness and love.Sermons of Christmas Evans
Scarcely was the Pelagian controversy disposed of when a new heresy appeared.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)
John William Draper
- of or inhabiting the open sea
- of or relating to Pelagius or his doctrines
- an adherent of the doctrines of Pelagius
Word Origin and History for 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.