from The Century Dictionary.
- noun One of a body or school in the Roman Catholic Church, prominent in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, holding the doctrines of Cornelius Jansen. See also
Old Catholics, under catholic.
- noun In the eighteenth century, a garment, part of a garment, or a fashion, supposed to be expressive of severity of manners: in allusion to the Jansenists of Port Royal, Thus, a sleeve covering the whole arm was called a Jansenist.
- Of or pertaining to the Jansenists.
- Noting a style in decoration, especially in bookbinding, characterized by extreme plainness: especially adapted to levant morocco and other materials which present beautiful surfaces.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Eccl. Hist.) A follower of Cornelius Jansen, a Roman Catholic bishop of Ypres, in Flanders, in the 17th century, who taught certain doctrines denying free will and the possibility of resisting divine grace.
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- noun an advocate of Jansenism
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“The woman who comes into the house of a widower, the minister who steps into the place of a statesman in disgrace, the molinist bishop who gets hold of the diocese of a jansenist bishop ” none of these people cause more trouble than the intruding scarlet has caused to me.
"The woman who comes into the house of a widower, the minister who steps into the place of a statesman in disgrace, the molinist bishop who gets hold of the diocese of a jansenist bishop -- none of these people cause more trouble than the intruding scarlet has caused to me.
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