Jan·​sen·​ism | \ ˈjan(t)-sə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce Jansenism (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Jansenist (audio) \ noun
Jansenistic \ ˌjan(t)-​sə-​ˈni-​stik How to pronounce Jansenistic (audio) \ 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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“Jansenism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jansenism. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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