American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An adherent of a 16th-century Italian sect holding unitarian views, including denial of the divinity of Jesus.
- adj. Of or relating to the Socinians or their doctrines.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Lælius or Faustus Socinus or their religious creed.
- n. One who holds to Socinian doctrines. See Socinianism.
- n. A member of a particular nontrinitarian Christian denomination founded in the late 16th century.
- adj. Pertaining to the Socinians.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to
Socinus, or the Socinians.
- n. One of the followers of Socinus; a believer in Socinianism.
- n. an adherent of the teachings of Socinus; a Christian who rejects the divinity of Christ and the Trinity and original sin; influenced the development of Unitarian theology
- From the Latin name Socinus, relating to either Lelio Sozzini or Fausto Sozzini, or both. (Wiktionary)
- New Latin Sociniānus, after Laelius Socinus and Faustus Socinus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But his exposition of most of the passages of Scrip - ture relating to the divinity of Christ, is so clearly favour - able to the main principle of the Socinian scheme, that with some latitude the term Socinian is not unfairly applicable. —”
Internet Archive: Discourses and dissertations on the scriptural doctrines of atonement & sacrifice : and on the principal arguments advance, and the mode of reasoning employed, by the opponents of those doctrines as held by the established Church ; with an appendix, containing some strictures on Mr. Belsham's account of the Unitarian scheme, in his review of Mr. Wilberforce's treatise
“The object of the society was the advocacy not precisely of what were afterwards known as Socinian principles, but of Antitrinitarianism.”
“Chillingworth, of his writings, i.ccxcvii. why called a Socinian, ix.”
“Socinus was not an Anabaptist and rejected baptism all his life, so he never joined the church that later was known as "Socinian".”
“I have to admit that you don't run into many UUs who know what "Socinian" means today.”
“Christian, rather than in the 'Socinian', or 'Pharisaic' view, all these objections vanish, and harmony succeeds to inexplicable confusion.”
“In reply, I beg to remark that by "Socinian" is, I suppose, meant”
“Of course, it is from his name that the term 'Socinian' is derived, a term that has often been applied, but mistakenly, to”
“Of course, Locke was called a 'Socinian'; but the effect of his work remained, and we should remark that if it looked on the one hand toward the orthodox, on the other it looked toward the sceptics and freethinkers who began at that time a long and not ineffectual criticism of the miraculous claims of Christianity.”
“Societies, -- such as Socinian and Popish, that hold not the truth, ought not to be reckoned as a part of the Church of God.”
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