Pelagian

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

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 forms

Pe·la·gi·an·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pelagianism (1 of 3)

Pelagianism

/ (pɛˈleɪdʒɪəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

Christianity a heretical doctrine, first formulated by Pelagius, that rejected the concept of original sin and maintained that the individual takes the initial steps towards salvation by his own efforts and not by the help of divine grace

British Dictionary definitions for pelagianism (2 of 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for pelagianism (3 of 3)

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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