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antinomian

[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 of antinomian
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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  • 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

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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