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)


play \ˈjan(t)-sə-nist\ noun


play \ˌjan(t)-sə-ˈni-stik\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of jansenism

French jansénisme, from Cornelis Jansen

First Known Use: circa 1656

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