Cal·​vin·​ism | \ ˈkal-və-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Calvinism (audio) \

Definition of Calvinism

: the theological system of Calvin and his followers marked by strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God, the depravity of humankind, and the doctrine of predestination

Other Words from Calvinism

Calvinist \ ˈkal-​və-​nist How to pronounce Calvinist (audio) \ noun or adjective
Calvinistic \ ˌkal-​və-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce Calvinistic (audio) \ adjective
Calvinistically \ ˌkal-​və-​ˈni-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce Calvinistically (audio) \ adverb

First Known Use of Calvinism

circa 1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Calvinism

John Calvin

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The first known use of Calvinism was circa 1570

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English Language Learners Definition of Calvinism

: a Christian set of beliefs that is based on the teachings of John Calvin and that stresses God's power and the moral weakness of human beings

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to form ideas or theories about something

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