One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Philosophy. An adherent of terminism, the form of nominalism associated particularly with William of Ockham (1285–1349); = Ockhamist.
2Theology. An adherent of the disputed Christian doctrine that God has ordained a definite period or term in the life of all individuals, at the end of which they each lose the opportunity to achieve salvation.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Bell (fl. 1650). From classical Latin terminus end, limit, in post-classical Latin also word, expression + -ist.
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