adoptionism

noun, often capitalized adop·tion·ism \ -shə-ˌni-zəm \
variants: or adoptianism
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of adoptionism

: the doctrine that Jesus of Nazareth became the Son of God by adoption

adoptionist

play \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun, often capitalized

Origin and Etymology of adoptionism

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 1-an) + 1-ist; adoptianism from adoptianist + -ism


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