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antinomian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj antinomian relating to or influenced by antinomianism
    • n antinomian a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Antinomian Of or pertaining to the Antinomians; opposed to the doctrine that the moral law is obligatory.
    • n Antinomian (Eccl. Hist) One who maintains that, under the gospel dispensation, the moral law is of no use or obligation, but that faith alone is necessary to salvation. The sect of Antinomians originated with John Agricola, in Germany, about the year 1535.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • antinomian Denying the obligatoriness of the moral law, as if emancipated from it by the gospel.
    • antinomian Of or pertaining to the antinomians.
    • n antinomian In theology, one who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law as set forth in the Old Testament by the new dispensation of grace as set forth in the gospel; an opponent of legalism in morals. Antinomianism has existed in three forms: in the early church, as a species of Gnosticism, in the doctrine that sin is an incident of the body, and that a regenerate soul cannot sin; later, in the Reformation, as a reaction against the doctrine of good works in the Roman Catholic Church, in the antagonistic doctrine that man is saved by faith alone, regardless of his obedience to or disobedience of the moral law as a rule of life; finally, as a phase of extreme Calvinism, in English Puritan theology, in the doctrine that the sins of the elect are so transferred to Christ that they become his transgressions and cease to be the transgressions of the actual sinner. The chief exponent of the second form of anti-nomianism was John Agricola (Germany, 1492–1566); the chief exponent of the third, Tobias Crisp, D. D. (England, 1600–1642).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n., adj Antinomian against the law: pertaining to the Antinomians
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Antimony

Usage

In literature:

She was great at Antinomianism and Bible-classes, and was plainly going to hold a class now.
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
Antinomian, one of a sect which holds that under the gospel dispensation the moral law is not obligatory.
"Weir of Hermiston an unfinished romance" by Robert Louis Stevenson
I am a born antinomian.
"De Profundis" by Oscar Wilde
An antinomian, or anabaptisticall independent; 8.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
In theology, subjectivism develops as its 'left wing' antinomianism.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
From the antinomian torrent of this voluptuous anarchy the spirits of Epicurus, of Spinoza, of Goethe, of Nietzsche, turn away in horror.
"Suspended Judgments" by John Cowper Powys
He uttered strange blasphemy in his Antinomian fashion.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
I read good books, but they were low and fanatical in their language, and Antinomian in their principle.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
Such a result has shown itself within the area of modern history in the antinomianism of some Protestant bodies.
"St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians" by Charles Gore
The express declaration of these antinomian principles is said to have been given by Epiphanes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 4" by Various
Different from either of these was the Antinomianism charged by Luther against Agricola.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
In 1537, when professor in Wittenberg, he stirred up the Antinomian controversy with Luther and Melanchthon.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
This "necessity" seems the predestination of Calvinism, with the immorality of antinomianism.
"Amenities of Literature" by Isaac Disraeli
John Wheelwright, an Antinomian leader who with a number of followers settled here after his banishment from Massachusetts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1" by Various
This reminds one of Browning, whose antinomian morality was not so very unlike Wordsworth's.
"Oxford Lectures on Poetry" by Andrew Cecil Bradley
The Antinomian features of old Calvinism had introduced into the Churches a heartless Christianity and a very lax discipline.
"Calvinistic Controversy" by Wilbur Fisk
These whimsical outbursts of self-reproach in the midst of antinomian utterances are characteristic of Khayyam.
"The Sufistic Quatrains of Omar Khayyam" by Omar Khayyam
What Miss Hamilton did with the philosophers, she did with the Antinomians.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 64 No. 396 October 1848" by Various
Davenport arrived in June, 1637, and took part against the Antinomians in the synod.
"The Beginners of a Nation" by Edward Eggleston
And yet the Christian is not an antinomian; he is not a sort of free lance, sworn to no obedience.
"Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther" by Walter Adeney
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In poetry:

"Shrill Anabaptists, shorn of ears;
Gray witch-wives, hobbling slowly;
And Antinomians, free of law,
Whose very sins were holy.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And rise unharmed to light and air
Out of old death, once more to death
With antinomian deed and thought
The planet of thy slain despair—
"Dominium in Excelsis" by Clark Ashton Smith
Yea, hence springs Antinomian vile refuse,
Whose gross abettors gospel grace abuse:
Unskill'd how grace's silken latchet binds
Her captives to the law, with willing minds.
"The Believer's Espousals : Chapter V." by Ralph Erskine