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Jansenism

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noun Jan·sen·ism \ˈjan(t)-sə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of Jansenism

  1. 1 :  a system of doctrine based on moral determinism, defended by various reformist factions among 17th and 18th century western European Roman Catholic clergy, religious, and scholars, and condemned as heretical by papal authority

  2. 2 :  a puritanical attitude (as toward sex)

Jansenist

play \-nist\ noun

Jansenistic

play \ˌjan(t)-sə-ˈnis-tik\ adjective


Origin and Etymology of jansenism

French jansénisme, from Cornelis Jansen


First Known Use: circa 1656

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