variants or less commonly Bajanism
plural -s
: the doctrine of Baius according to which divine grace is neither gratuitous nor truly necessary, human nature and actions are essentially evil through original sin, human will is not really free, and the sacraments have a highly limited purpose and efficacy

Word History


French baïanisme, from Baius (Michel de Bay) †1589 Belgian theologian + French -isme -ism

First Known Use

1733, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Baianism was in 1733

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“Baianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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