Jansenism

noun
Jan·sen·ism | \ˈjan(t)-sə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of Jansenism 

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 : a puritanical attitude (as toward sex)

Other Words from Jansenism

Jansenist \ˈjan(t)-sə-nist \ noun
Jansenistic \ˌjan(t)-sə-ˈni-stik \ adjective

First Known Use of Jansenism

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Jansenism

French jansénisme, from Cornelis Jansen

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