a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.

1635–45; < Medieval Latin Antinom(ī) name of sect (plural of Antinomus opponent of (the moral) law < Greek antí anti- + nómos law) + -ian

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antinomian (ˌæntɪˈnəʊmɪən)
1.  relating to the doctrine that by faith and the dispensation of grace a Christian is released from the obligation of adhering to any moral law
2.  a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine

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"one who maintains the moral law is not binding on Christians under the law of grace," 1640s, from M.L. Antinomi, name given to a sect of this sort that arose in Germany in 1535, from Gk. anti- "opposite, against" + nomos "rule, law" (see numismatics). Related: Antinomianism (1640s).
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(Greek anti, "against"; nomos, "law"), doctrine according to which Christians are freed by grace from the necessity of obeying the Mosaic Law. The antinomians rejected the very notion of obedience as legalistic; to them the good life flowed from the inner working of the Holy Spirit. In this circumstance they appealed not only to Martin Luther but also to Paul and Augustine

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