total depravity

noun

: a state of corruption due to original sin held in Calvinism to infect every part of man's nature and to make the natural man unable to know or obey God

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Word History

First Known Use

1794, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of total depravity was in 1794

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“Total depravity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/total%20depravity. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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