an·​ti·​no·​mi·​an ˌan-ti-ˈnō-mē-ən How to pronounce antinomian (audio)
: one who holds that under the gospel dispensation of grace (see grace entry 1 sense 1a) the moral law is of no use or obligation because faith alone is necessary to salvation
: one who rejects a socially established morality
antinomian adjective

Word History


New Latin antinomus "person holding antinomian beliefs" (from anti- anti- + -nomus, borrowed from Greek nómos "custom, convention, law") + -ian — more at nomothetic

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of antinomian was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Antinomian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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