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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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Examples for pelagians
  • Celestine actively condemned the pelagians, and was zealous for orthodoxy.
British Dictionary definitions for pelagians

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 pelagians
Pelagian
1532, from M.L. 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, 418 C.E. His name in Welsh was Morgan, which is based on the root word for "sea" (cf. Gk. pelagos "sea").
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