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[an-ti-noh-mee-uh n] /ˌæn tɪˈnoʊ mi ən/
noun
1.
a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Medieval Latin Antinom(ī) name of sect (plural of Antinomus opponent of (the moral) law < Greek antí anti- + nómos law) + -ian
Related forms
antinomianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antinomianism

antinomian

/ˌæntɪˈnəʊmɪən/
adjective
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
noun
2.
a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
Derived Forms
antinomianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for antinomianism
n.

1640s, from antinomian + -ism.

antinomian

n.

"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).

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Encyclopedia Article for antinomianism

(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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