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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.
The authoritative Oxford English Dictionary definition of "antinomian" is "one who maintains that the moral law is not binding upon Christians, under the 'law of grace.'" It is not simply that antinomians wish to put particular emphasis on the fact that works cannot save, that adherence to the "moral law" governing action does not lead to salvation; rather, they argue that the law--as external constraint on behavior--is superseded in favor of guidance by Christ.
And yet, Freeman gives a compelling reading, tying Blake's roots to the Baptists, as well as the Ranters, Antinomians, and Muggletonians--so that his quirkiness and apparent heterodoxy actually fit in the dissenter fringe culture quite well.
Kanye Moody, MD, Outer MVTV medical journalist: "Last month my colleague Nima Amin visited this exact store, querying Antinomians about the impact of the recently enacted Repeal and Exemption of Advertising Policies, or REAP Law, upon their buying habits.
Three out of the four chapters outline the religio-political activism of women belonging to the multi-faceted world of radical and independent currents (Diggers, Levellers, Baptists, Fifth Monarchists, Quakers, Unitarians, Antinomians, Anglo-Dutch Millenarians) who looked ahead to projects of pan-protestant struggle, showing us "women and (intermittently) feminized men as the shapers and bearers of an oppositional public culture that begins in private spheres of textual dialogue but imparts a complex transnational constellation of Catholic and Anglican publics and sectarian counterpublics" (191).
The final two essays, Pooley's "Bunyan and the Antinomians" and Sharon Achinstein's "John Bunyan and the Politics of Remembrance," are among the most interesting and least controversial of the book.
(17) Antinomians excoriated the misfit between grace and pain.
Contributors take on such topics as Bunyan's political progress, his retreat from the violent and political, his politics as a young man, and his perceptions of authority and the politics of sexuality, as in the roles of women in his life and work, his perception of the Puritan self, his sexual wordplay, his relations with the antinomians and their thought, and his place in the politics of remembrance and trauma.
Teguder was actually more involved with Shaykh 'Abd al-Rahman, who could be classified as somewhere in between the antinomians and the institutional Sufis.
At their worst, freed today from moral and religious "core beliefs," they become antinomians.