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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

  • To the dead Swedenborg succeeded the living Swedenborgianism.

    Historic Ghosts and Ghost Hunters

    H. Addington Bruce

  • But if this be Swedenborgianism, who of us is there that will not bid it God speed?

  • As a philosophy Swedenborgianism is the exact opposite of Materialism.

  • So I only read what somebody else had printed about Swedenborgianism, and I understand him a good deal better that way.

    The Faith Doctor

    Edward Eggleston

  • Many of her ideas and doctrines are embraced in Swedenborgianism, and many are found only in the New School theology.


British Dictionary definitions for swedenborgianism

Swedenborgianism

Swedenborgism (ˈswiːdənˌbɔːdʒɪzəm, -ɡɪz-)

noun
  1. the system of philosophical and religious doctrines of Emanuel Swedenborg, emphasizing the spiritual structure of the universe, the possibility of direct contact with spirits, and the divinity of Christ. This provided the basis for the New Jerusalem Church (or New Church) founded by Swedenborg's followers
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Derived FormsSwedenborgian, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for swedenborgianism

Swedenborgian

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

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