[sweed-n-bawr-jee-uh n, -gee-]


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.


a believer in the religious doctrines of Swedenborg.

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 of swedenborgian

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


    August Strindberg

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


    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.


    Honore de Balzac

Word Origin and History for swedenborgian


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper