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Unitarian

Syllabification: U·ni·tar·i·an
Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˈterēən
 
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Definition of Unitarian in English:

noun

Theology
1A person, especially a Christian, who asserts the unity of God and rejects the doctrine of the Trinity.
Example sentences
  • My inner Unitarian opines that therein lies a critical difference between convert and cradle Catholic.
1.1A member of a church or religious body maintaining Unitarian beliefs and typically rejecting formal dogma in favor of a rationalist approach to belief.
Example sentences
  • When these ideas spread from Great Britain to the United States after the Civil War, they were initially adopted by proponents of the social gospel, usually Unitarians, liberal Congregationalists and Baptists, and Episcopalians.
  • Both allowed the very young a certain exemption from the adult rules of religious belief and behavior; spiritually speaking, for rationalist Unitarians and evangelicals, children were a different order of moral being than adults.
  • Other denominations include the Czech Orthodox Church, the Old Catholic Church, the Unitarians, and the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic.

adjective

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Relating to the Unitarians.
Example sentences
  • In a larger practical sense, however, evangelical revivalism shared basically Unitarian assumptions about the moral autonomy of children.
  • Government grants to Unitarian food shelves are just the beginning.
  • She now volunteers for the American Red Cross, plays piano for Unitarian services, trains her dressage horse, and basks in the views of her lovely new surroundings.

Origin

late 17th century: from modern Latin unitarius (from Latin unitas 'unity') + -an.

Derivatives

Unitarianism

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Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
noun
Example sentences
  • I operate a religious website that promotes tolerant monotheism (Deism, Unitarianism, Judaism) and I can't believe the volume of hate mail I get.
  • The Dudleian lecturers were liberal Christians, both Calvinist and Arminian, and they openly separated themselves in the second lecture from more radical forms of Enlightened Dissent, namely Unitarianism and Deism.
  • Our elite culture has been de-Christianized, and the notional faith that I heard preached from the pulpit in Trinity that day amounted to pure concession, Unitarianism in vestments.

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