[ sol-uh-fid-ee-uh n ]
/ ˌsɒl əˈfɪd i ən /

noun Theology.

a person who maintains that faith alone, without the performance of good works, is all that is necessary for salvation.

Origin of solifidian

1590–1600; soli-1 + Latin fid(ēs) faith, belief, trust + -ian
Related formsso·li·fid·i·an·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for solifidianism


/ (ˌsɒlɪˈfɪdɪən) /


Christianity a person who maintains that man is justified by faith alone
Derived Formssolifidianism, noun

Word Origin for solifidian

C16: from New Latin sōlifidius, from Latin sōlus sole + fides faith
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Word Origin and History for solifidianism



"one who believes in salvation by faith alone" (based on Luther's translation of Rom. iii:28), 1590s, Reformation coinage from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)) + fides "faith" (see faith). As an adjective from c.1600. Related: Solifidianism

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