Definition of predestinarian in English:



  • A person who believes in the doctrine of predestination.

    • ‘What happened is a case of sleight-of-hand, of denial of the embarrassment these Articles cause, not unlike the embarrassment that Cranmer's predestinarian views caused ‘second-generation’ Anglicans such as Richard Hooker.’
    • ‘But even as staunch a predestinarian as Jonathan Edwards had to allow for more moral choice.’
    • ‘There were predestinarians who believed in transmigration but who felt that every sentient being must pass through every possible fate before release was possible.’
    • ‘Edwards also regarded himself as a predestinarian but admitted that the intricacies of election escaped him.’
    • ‘Leibniz's doctrine was too predestinarian even for Protestants, for it implied that God was the author of sin.’
    • ‘No longer can historians dismiss this group as an insignificant fringe given the evidence of their congregational strength as well as their rhetorical conflicts with such notable predestinarians as Bradford and Jewel.’
    • ‘The key difference between strongly predestinarian / Augustinian Catholics and Calvinists is that election for the latter means final election (to glory), whereas the former recognize the friability of assurance and salvation.’


  • Upholding, affirming, or relating to the doctrine of predestination.

    ‘predestinarian theology’
    • ‘This is not incompatible with Protestantism, but it is certainly a very long way from its extreme wings, such as predestinarian Calvinism.’
    • ‘Puritanism entails hostility to the traditional culture as well as enthusiasm for sermons and predestinarian theology.’
    • ‘This assertion rested upon a corporate locus in matters of salvation, even that of individuals, for our forebears and was affirmed in both predestinarian and non-predestinarian expressions of Baptist conviction.’
    • ‘Also, as MacCulloch points out, later rigidities in predestinarian debates do not yet apply. Yet Cranmer would say that God singles out the Elect for salvation from eternal damnation, which is the fate of those not among the Elect.’
    • ‘I myself have never had the slightest twitch of predestinarian thinking or feeling but many good and wise people certainly see such patterning in their lives all the time.’
    • ‘Early Baptists, of course, found themselves restrained by Calvinist predestinarian tenets.’
    • ‘Less obviously, the ramifications of his predestinarian views changed his understanding of the role of clergy in the Eucharist.’
    • ‘Through the first Puritan settlers, the predestinarian theology of Augustine and Calvin was injected into the mainstream of American theology and intellectual life.’
    • ‘The Countess's decision was also theologically grounded in the proposition that Christianity was compatible with slavery under a predestinarian doctrine.’
    • ‘In fact the epical format viewed as the enactment of a predestinarian spiral whose end is never in doubt is indisputedly a mythical conception.’
    • ‘His self and his experience have been predetermined not by the predestinarian God he fervently worships but by those around him who continue to perceive him as enslavable.’
    • ‘My great - grandfather was a predestinarian Baptist preacher in south Alabama.’