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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
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total depravity

noun

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