the Calvinist doctrine that humankind's entire nature, including its reason, is corrupt or sinful as a result of the Fall and that people are therefore completely dependent on God for regeneration.
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Origin of total depravity
First recorded in 1785–95
Words nearby total depravity
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British Dictionary definitions for total depravity
mainly Calvinist the doctrine that man's nature is totally corrupt as a result of the Fall
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