adoptionism

noun, often capitalized
adop·​tion·​ism | \ ə-ˈdäp-shə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce adoptionism (audio) \
variants: or adoptianism

Definition of adoptionism

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

Other Words from adoptionism

adoptionist \ ə-​ˈdäp-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce adoptionist (audio) \ noun, often capitalized

First Known Use of adoptionism

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 -an entry 1) + -ist entry 1; adoptianism from adoptianist + -ism

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