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[an-ti-noh-mee-uh n] /ˌæn tɪˈnoʊ mi ən/
a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.
Origin of antinomian
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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antinomianism, noun Unabridged
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  • To attempt to reach the standing by my state is legalism; to refuse to judge my state by the standing is antinomianism.

    The Assembly of God C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
  • This “necessity” seems the predestination of Calvinism, with the immorality of antinomianism.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • She was great at antinomianism and Bible-classes, and was plainly going to hold a class now.

  • Cold Pelagianism on the one hand, and antinomianism on the other, have been presented in the same manner.

  • If legalism gets its answer in the character of the restoration, antinomianism gets its answer in the effect thereof.

    Notes on the Book of Genesis Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • antinomianism is as old as St. Paul's doctrine—so very much misunderstood—of justification.

  • No form of religion has escaped being touched by antinomianism.

  • antinomianism early presented itself in Boston, and it was quickly followed by the incursions of the Baptists and Friends.

    Unitarianism in America George Willis Cooke
  • When taken together, they furnish a triumphant answer to the legalism and antinomianism of the human heart.

    Notes on the Book of Genesis Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • By a few inflammable minds liberty was carried into antinomianism, and produced the wildest excesses of life and doctrine.

    The Holy Roman Empire James Bryce
British Dictionary definitions for antinomianism


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
a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
Derived Forms
antinomianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antinomianism

1640s, from antinomian + -ism.



"one who maintains the moral law is not binding on Christians under the law of grace," 1640s, from Medieval Latin Antinomi, name given to a sect of this sort that arose in Germany in 1535, from Greek anti- "opposite, against" (see anti-) + nomos "rule, law" (see numismatics).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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