Definition of total depravity in US English:

total depravity


Christian Theology
  • The Calvinist doctrine that human nature is thoroughly corrupt and sinful as a result of the Fall.

    • ‘This is what theologians mean when they speak of total depravity.’
    • ‘In Christian circles we talk about something called total depravity.’
    • ‘Preach to us about our total depravity and God's sovereign electing mercy and grace.’
    • ‘The causes can be found in theological theory, most especially the idea of total depravity, or original sin, and the notion of predestination, as well as in cultural history and economic conditions.’
    • ‘Thirdly, this truth of total depravity and inability led me to see that in evangelizing others, we are wholly dependent on the grace and power of God, and not on our ability to convince or persuade them.’