adop·​tion·​ism ə-ˈdäp-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce adoptionism (audio)
variants or adoptianism
often capitalized
: the doctrine that Jesus of Nazareth became the Son of God by adoption
adoptionist noun often capitalized

Word History


adoptionism from adoption + -ism, after earlier Adoptionist "member of a sect believing that Jesus is God's son by adoption," altered from earlier Adoptianist, from Medieval Latin Adoptiānus (from Latin adoptiō adoption + -ānus -an entry 1) + -ist entry 1; adoptianism from adoptianist + -ism

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of adoptionism was in 1833

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“Adoptionism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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