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The doctrine that the soul, upon the death of the body, remains in a state of sleep until the time of resurrection.
[From New Latin psȳchopannychia, term originally introduced in 1534 by John Calvin as the title of a tract supporting the opposite doctrine and intended to mean "the wakefulness of the soul between death and resurrection," but widely misunderstood as meaning "the all-night sleep of the soul" : Greek psūkhē, soul; see bhes- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Greek pannukhios, lasting all night (pan-, pan- + nukh-, variant stem (perhaps from misanalysis of nuks as *nukh-s) of nuks, nukt-, night; see nekw-t- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots; for the original sense of Calvin's compound, compare Greek pannukhis, all-night vigil).]
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Theology. the doctrine that death causes the soul to sleep until the day of resurrection. — psychopannychist, n. — psychopannychian, psychopannychistic, adj.See also: Christianity
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