from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
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- n. an advocate of Jansenism
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