[soo-pruh-lap-sair-ee-uh-niz-uh m]

noun Theology.

the doctrine that the decree of election preceded human creation and the Fall (opposed to infralapsarianism).

Origin of supralapsarianism

1765–75; supra- + lapsarian, as in infralapsarian + -ism
Related formssu·pra·lap·sar·i·an, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of supralapsarian

  • Finally, the climax in her iniquities of mind and conduct reached its height and she was publicly denounced as a Supralapsarian.

    Essays in Rebellion

    Henry W. Nevinson

British Dictionary definitions for supralapsarian



Christian theol a person who believes that God decreed the election or nonelection of individuals to salvation even before the FallCompare infralapsarian
Derived Formssupralapsarianism, noun

Word Origin for supralapsarian

C17: from New Latin suprālapsārius, from Latin supra- + lapsus a fall
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Word Origin and History for supralapsarian

1630s, see supra- + infralapsarian, of which it is the opposite.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper