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The theological principles of Cornelis Jansen, which emphasize predestination, deny free will, and maintain that human nature is incapable of good. They were condemned as heretical by the Roman Catholic Church.

Jan′sen·ist n.
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Noun1.Jansenist - an advocate of Jansenism
advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent - a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea


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Many Jansenist families had joined the Little Church.
This young girl belonged to an exceeding devout family, whose views of Catholicism were due to the spirit of a sect improperly styled Jansenists, which, in former times, caused troubles in France.
Yes," replied Conrart, "you have logic, but you are a Jansenist.
Not only did Jean de Labadie (1610-74)--a defrocked, charismatic French Jesuit--constantly move from place to place through France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark where he died--and his followers moved back to the Netherlands and finally to America--but he tried on a number of religious identities, Jesuit, Jansenist, Calvinist, Pietist, Chiliast or Millenarian, and finally 'Labadist'.
Prest's major interventions again relate to Jansenism, as she describes Archbishop Perefixe's struggles with a group of recalcitrant nuns at Port-Royal and notes that he threatened excommunication for audiences of both Tartuffe and of a Jansenist translation of the Bible into French.
Let us recall that King Louis XIV himself had banned the Port Royal Jansenist movement as early as 1661.
Jansenist to Oliveira's Jesuit, Eric Rohmer, whose cinema has its own Claudelian concerns, might have agreed with the prefatory line of The Satin Slipper: "Omnia cooperantur in bonum, etiam peccata" (Everything works together for good, even sins).
I was introduced to a more realistic portrait of the saint in Ida Friederike Gorres' 1959 biography The Hidden Face, and was again drawn to the real Therese, offered as a survivor, not an exemplar, of Jansenist piety Her little way, in effect, was a rejection of the self-lacerating, hothouse spirituality typical of contemplative life in the late 19th century.
Is La Rochefoucauld a devotee of the Jansenist Arnault or a disciple of Franpois de Sales?
7) Yet in fact, the cultural history of this condition began much earlier: catalepsy became a focal point of French-language medical discourse starting in the 1730s, a development connected both to growing interest in nervous maladies and to cultural episodes like Jansenist convulsionism.
Tocqueville expressed clear "Jansenist leanings," Jaume concludes, even if he was not exactly a traditional Jansenist.
In The Third Man, though, Greene's decision deliberately to foreground the "distinctive features" of a Jansenist "fictional world"--and, for that matter, the most "gimmicky" expressions of traditional Catholic practice alongside them--allows him to argue for a decidedly orthodox hope of salvation against the "discomforting realities of modernity" (Bosco 4).