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  • n. A member of a religious sect, the Family of Love, in 16th century Europe

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a fanatical Antinomian sect originating in Holland, and existing in England about 1580, called the Family of Love, who held that religion consists wholly in love.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the religious sect called the Family of Love, founded in Holland and England in the sixteenth century by Hans Niklas, or Nicholas, who was a disciple of David Joris (see Davidist, 2), and taught mystical doctrines based upon the theory that religion consists wholly in love independently of the form of faith.
  • n. [lowercase] The head of a family; a family man.


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  • Church of Rome condemneth us, we likewise them; the sub-reformists and sectaries sentence the doctrine of our Church as damnable; the atomist, or familist, reprobates all these; and all these them again.

    Sir Thomas Browne and his 'Religio Medici' an Appreciation

  • But are any indicators at all matching left-familist claims? suggests that:

    Andrew Norton

  • copping some flak for suggesting that falling divorce rates are inconsistent with left-familist complaints that WorkChoices undermine the family.

    Andrew Norton


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