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Socinian

[soh-sin-ee-uh n]
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noun
  1. a follower of Faustus and Laelius Socinus who rejected a number of traditional Christian doctrines, as the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, and original sin, and who held that Christ was miraculously begotten and that salvation will be granted to those who adopt Christ's virtues.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Socinians or their doctrines.
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Origin of Socinian

1635–45; < New Latin Sociniānus of, pertaining to Socinus; see -ian
Related formsSo·cin·i·an·ism, noun
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Socinian

noun
  1. a supporter of the beliefs of Faustus and Laelius Socinus, who rejected such traditional Christian doctrines as the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, and original sin, and held that those who follow Christ's virtues will be granted salvation
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Socinians or their beliefs
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Derived FormsSocinianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for socinian

Socinian

1640s (n.); 1690s (adj.), in reference to followers or doctrines of Faustus Socinus, Latinized name of Fausto Sozzini (1539-1604), Italian anti-trinitarian theologian who held Christ to be human, if divinely endowed, and the Holy Spirit to be divine energy, not a person. He broke with the Church and organized the Polish Brethren.

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