unitarian

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noun uni·tar·i·an \ˌyü-nə-ˈter-ē-ən\

Definition of unitarian

  1. 1 a often capitalized :  one who believes that the deity exists only in one person b capitalized :  a member of a denomination that stresses individual freedom of belief, the free use of reason in religion, a united world community, and liberal social action

  2. 2 :  an advocate of unity or a unitary system

unitarian

adjective often capitalized

unitarianism

play \-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\ noun often capitalized

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Unitarianism, originally a sect of Christianity believing in a single or unitary God, grew up in 18th-century England and developed in America in the early 19th century. Though they believe in Christ's teaching, they reject the idea of the three-part Trinity—God as father, son, and holy spirit—and thus deny that Christ was divine, so some people don't consider them truly Christian. In this century the Unitarians joined with the Universalist Church, a movement founded on a belief in universal salvation—that is, the saving of every soul from damnation after death. Both have always been liberal and fairly small; today they count about half a million members. Without a capital letter, unitarian refers simply to belief in a unitary God, or in unity within some nonreligious system.

Origin and Etymology of unitarian

New Latin unitarius, from Latin unitas unity


First Known Use: 1687



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