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Immaculate Conception

noun, Roman Catholic Church
1.
the dogma of the unique privilege by which the Virgin Mary was conceived in her mother's womb without the stain of original sin through the anticipated merits of Jesus Christ.
Compare virgin birth (def 1).
Origin of Immaculate Conception
1680-1690
1680-90
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  • This doctrine involves a new epistemology, the distinguishing mark of which is its denial of the Immaculate Conception of thought.

    Socialism: Positive and Negative Robert Rives La Monte
  • Is it the Immaculate Conception that the Jew can not accept?

    The Bible Unveiled M. M. Mangasarian
  • Nothing daunted, he put his hand to the plow and the result was the front part of the present Immaculate Conception church.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • To the dogma of the Immaculate Conception he had no hostility.

    The History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • We priests need not be hypocrites, though we be called upon to believe in the Immaculate Conception.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • He it was Who filled her with grace at the moment of the Immaculate Conception.

    Mater Christi Mother St. Paul
  • It is worthy of note that in the published sentence the Immaculate Conception was kept wholly out of sight.

  • On the silver wall hung an image of the Immaculate Conception.

    Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
British Dictionary definitions for Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception

noun
1.
(Christian theol, RC Church) the doctrine that the Virgin Mary was conceived without any stain of original sin
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Immaculate Conception in Culture

Immaculate Conception definition


A doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. It states that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was free from original sin.

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