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1. Christianity A proponent of the doctrine of antinomianism.
2. One who denies the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law.
1. Christianity Of or relating to the doctrine of antinomianism.
2. Opposed to or denying the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law: "By raising segregation and racial persecution to the ethical level of law, it puts into practice the antinomian rules of Orwell's world. Evil becomes good, inhumanity is interpreted as charity, egoism as compassion" (Elie Wiesel).

[From Medieval Latin Antinomī, antinomians, pl. of antinomus, opposed to the moral law : Greek anti-, anti- + Greek nomos, law; see nem- in Indo-European roots.]


(Theology) relating to the doctrine that by faith and the dispensation of grace a Christian is released from the obligation of adhering to any moral law
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a member of a Christian sect holding such a doctrine
ˌantiˈnomianism n


(ˌæn tɪˈnoʊ mi ən)

a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace and faith.
[1635–45; < Medieval Latin Antinom(ī), pl. of Antinomus opponent of (the moral) law (< Greek antí anti- + nómos law) + -ian]
an`ti•no′mi•an•ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antinomian - a follower of the doctrine of antinomianism
adherent, disciple - someone who believes and helps to spread the doctrine of another
Adj.1.antinomian - relating to or influenced by antinomianism
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It might be that an Antinomian, a Quaker, or other heterodox religionist, was to be scourged out of the town, or an idle or vagrant Indian, whom the white man's firewater had made riotous about the streets, was to be driven with stripes into the shadow of the forest.
The sermon, as might be expected, was of the extremest antinomian type; on justification by faith, as expounded in the theology of St Paul.
That is antinomian or hypernomian, and judges law as well as fact.
If, to the antinomian, the law occluded grace, so was the ministry of grace constricted by the elaborations of soteriological schemata.
Similarly, if they were to justify this upsurge of antinomian radicalism, its liberal supporters would have to ransack the attic of political philosophy for such miscellaneous tomes and treatises as fitted the job.
He sympathized with the free grace position in the Antinomian Controversy and joined the exiles who founded Newport, Rhode Island in 1639.
chaplain at Yale University during a crucial period in the Sixties and Seventies; and the Berrigan brothers, Daniel and Philip, Catholic priests whose names became synonymous with the antinomian uproar of Sixties radicalism.
Not all scholars who have read the original documents will be convinced by the ease with which terms such as antinomian and familist are used in a Massachusetts context, or indeed that there was an "underground" lurking in either Old or New England.
These events--"Revolting Behavior: The Challenges of Women's Sexual Freedom" and "Subject to Desire: Refiguring the Body"--belong to a grotesque fringe of women's studies where antinomian politics blends with sexual desperation.
Thorndike meant to keep the covenant under close clerical control, chaining its wilder Augustinian motions, evacuating its antinomian charisma, and protecting its circuitry against the shocks of puritan conversionism.
As an antinomian, he argued Christians were not under "legal Law of God" but under the law of liberty and love.
The group's leading figure among first-generation Puritans in America was John Cotton, who, though a formidable presence in ecclesiastical politics, suffered a diminished reputation for his association with Anne Hutchinson in the Antinomian controversy.