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Socinian

[soh-sin-ee-uh n] /soʊˈsɪn i ən/
noun
1.
a follower of Faustus and Laelius Socinus who rejected a number of traditional Christian doctrines, as the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, and original sin, and who held that Christ was miraculously begotten and that salvation will be granted to those who adopt Christ's virtues.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Socinians or their doctrines.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Neo-Latin Sociniānus of, pertaining to Socinus; see -ian
Related forms
Socinianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for socinians

Socinian

/səʊˈsɪnɪən/
noun
1.
a supporter of the beliefs of Faustus and Laelius Socinus, who rejected such traditional Christian doctrines as the divinity of Christ, the Trinity, and original sin, and held that those who follow Christ's virtues will be granted salvation
adjective
2.
of or relating to the Socinians or their beliefs
Derived Forms
Socinianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for socinians

Socinian

1640s (n.); 1690s (adj.), in reference to followers or doctrines of Faustus Socinus, Latinized name of Fausto Sozzini (1539-1604), Italian anti-trinitarian theologian who held Christ to be human, if divinely endowed, and the Holy Spirit to be divine energy, not a person. He broke with the Church and organized the Polish Brethren.

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