total depravity

(redirected from Radical depravity)
Also found in: Thesaurus.

total depravity

n
(Protestantism) chiefly Calvinist the doctrine that man's nature is totally corrupt as a result of the Fall
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.total depravity - the Calvinist doctrine that everyone is born in a state of corruption as a result of original sin
theological doctrine - the doctrine of a religious group
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Dreisbach makes a similar argument, insisting that limited government, federalism, separation of powers, the rule of the law and the three branches of federal government spring from the Founders' "belief in the Reformed theological doctrine of humankind's radical depravity and the attendant necessity to check mankind's fallen nature.