Jansenism

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Etymology[edit]

From Jansen +‎ -ism.

Noun[edit]

Jansenism (uncountable)

  1. The Catholic doctrines of Cornelius Jansen and his followers, which emphasise original sin, divine grace and predestination.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 798:
      From the mid-seventeenth century, therefore, disputes about Jansenism turned into a struggle for the soul of the French Church, now vigorously resurgent against a steadily more beleaguered Reformed Protestantism.