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Pelagian

[puh-ley-jee-uh n, -juh n] /pəˈleɪ dʒi ən, -dʒən/
noun
1.
a follower of Pelagius, who denied original sin and believed in freedom of the will.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to Pelagius or Pelagianism.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Late Latin Pelagiānus; see -an
Related forms
Pelagianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pelagianism

Pelagianism

/pɛˈleɪdʒɪəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
(Christianity) a heretical doctrine, first formulated by Pelagius, that rejected the concept of original sin and maintained that the individual takes the initial steps towards salvation by his own efforts and not by the help of divine grace

pelagian

/pɛˈleɪdʒɪən/
adjective
1.
of or inhabiting the open sea
Word Origin
C18: from Latin pelagius, from Greek pelagios of the sea, from pelagos sea

Pelagian

/pɛˈleɪdʒɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Pelagius or his doctrines
noun
2.
an adherent of the doctrines of Pelagius
See also Pelagianism
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Word Origin and History for pelagianism

Pelagian

1530s (n.); 1570s (adj.), from Medieval Latin Pelagianus, from Pelagius, Latinized form of the name of 4c. British monk who denied the doctrine of original sin. Combated by Augustine, condemned by Pope Zosimus in 418 C.E. His name in Welsh was said to have been Morgan, literally "sea-dweller" (cf. Greek pelagos "sea;" see pelagic). Related: Pelagianism.

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