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Swedenborgian

[sweed-n-bawr-jee-uh n, -gee-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Emanuel Swedenborg, his religious doctrines, or the body of followers adhering to these doctrines and constituting the Church of the New Jerusalem, or New Church.
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noun
  1. a believer in the religious doctrines of Swedenborg.
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Origin of Swedenborgian

First recorded in 1795–1805; Swedenborg + -ian
Related formsSwe·den·bor·gi·an·ism, Swe·den·borg·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • A second time it is Sunday, and they are going to have service in the Swedenborgian chapel.

    Legends

    August Strindberg

  • He had not read them himself, but had found them in the library of his mother, who was a Swedenborgian.

    Legends

    August Strindberg

  • For example, he is a Swedenborgian, and a believer in modern spiritualism.

  • Note that even when he is differing from his teacher, his language is Swedenborgian.

    William Blake

    Charles Gardner

  • "Nothing but the power of God," answered the Swedenborgian gravely.

    Ursula

    Honore de Balzac


Word Origin and History for swedenborgian

Swedenborgian

1791, for Emanuel Svedberg, Swedish mystic and religious philosopher (1668-1772). His followers organized 1788 as The New Church.

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