Definition of Pelagian in US English:

Pelagian

adjective

  • Relating to or characteristic of the theological doctrine of Pelagius, especially in denying the doctrines of original sin and predestination, and defending innate human goodness and free will.

    ‘the Pelagian definition of sin and holiness’
    ‘such theology is not only subjective but thoroughly Pelagian’
    • ‘I am amazed at how Pelagian his version is.’
    • ‘Godly bishops intervened and suppressed the Pelagian heresy in late fifth-century Britain.’
    • ‘In his estimation, Pelagian ideas offered an easy morality for the weak.’
    • ‘In particular their denial of original sin is Pelagian.’
    • ‘The Pelagian doctrine of free will was declared heretical.’

noun

  • A person who believes in the theological doctrine of Pelagius, especially its denial of the doctrines of original sin and predestination, and defense of innate human goodness and free will.

    ‘this can be affirmed by none but a Pelagian’
    • ‘We are all born Pelagians and only give up the notion as the result of the clear teaching of Revelation.’
    • ‘The lectures were designed to combat the nefarious doctrines of those whom he called the modern Pelagians.’
    • ‘He became bishop of Hippo (396) and was engaged in constant theological controversy, combating Manichaeans, Donatists, and Pelagians.’
    • ‘He was accused of defecting from the Edwardsian camp and was even branded as a Pelagian by some opponents.’
    • ‘Strict Calvinist critics accused him of being a Socinian, a Pelagian, and a papist.’

Pronunciation

Pelagian

/pəˈleɪdʒiən//pəˈlājēən/