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Swedenborgian

[sweed-n-bawr-jee-uh n, -gee-] /ˌswid nˈbɔr dʒi ən, -gi-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Emanuel Swedenborg, his religious doctrines, or the body of followers adhering to these doctrines and constituting the Church of the New Jerusalem, or New Church.
noun
2.
a believer in the religious doctrines of Swedenborg.
Origin of Swedenborgian
1795-1805
1795-1805; Swedenborg + -ian
Related forms
Swedenborgianism, Swedenborgism, noun
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  • "Nothing but the power of God," answered the Swedenborgian gravely.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • Note that even when he is differing from his teacher, his language is Swedenborgian.

    William Blake Charles Gardner
  • He may be a Swedenborgian, a Quaker, a Muggletonian;—anything will do.

  • "Her body is for the time being in abeyance," said the Swedenborgian.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • When he was about twenty Harris became a Universalist preacher, and then a Swedenborgian.

  • The Brocton philosophy of love and marriage is manifestly Swedenborgian.

    History of American Socialisms John Humphrey Noyes
  • I should love to be a sort of Swedenborgian with all sorts of fanciful private beliefs.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2 Compton Mackenzie
  • Joseph Worcester was a modest, shrinking Swedenborgian minister.

    A Backward Glance at Eighty Charles A. Murdock
  • Although Mr. James held much to Swedenborg's point of view, he did not belong to the Swedenborgian denomination.

    Reminiscences, 1819-1899 Julia Ward Howe.
  • Joseph Jefferson was a Swedenborgian in his religious belief.

    Marse Henry (Vol. 2) Henry Watterson
Word Origin and History for Swedenborgian

1791, for Emanuel Svedberg, Swedish mystic and religious philosopher (1668-1772). His followers organized 1788 as The New Church.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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