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total depravity

noun

  1. 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.


total depravity

noun

  1. Calvinist the doctrine that man's nature is totally corrupt as a result of the Fall


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Word History and Origins

Origin of total depravity1

First recorded in 1785–95

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Example Sentences

If yu don't beleaf in "total depravity," buy a quart ov gin and studdy it.

Only a few years ago a man had to believe in the total depravity of the human heart in order to be respectable.

The Professor had too much of the pride of total depravity left in him for that.

Then, for the fust time in my life, I bleeved in total depravity.

Miserable sinners, born into total depravity could only employ their brief sojourn on earth in striving to save their souls.

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