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Total depravity   /tˈoʊtəl dɪprˈævəti/   Listen
Total depravity

The Calvinist doctrine that everyone is born in a state of corruption as a result of original sin.

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"Total depravity" Quotes from Famous Books

... of some speedy millennium is gone. We see that the general advance must be slow. But we also see that the imperfect condition is not so terrible as it was once supposed: it does not incur hell; it does not imply total depravity; it may even serve as stepping-stone ...
— The Chief End of Man • George S. Merriam

... is any individual who combines within himself the vices of an entire species it is he. A mother-in-law has usually been thought a rather satisfactory specimen of total depravity; it has been customary to regard your sweetheart's brother as tolerably vicious for a young man; there is excellent authority for looking upon your business partner as not wholly without merit as a nuisance-but your friend's friend is as far ahead of these in all that constitutes a healthy ...
— The Fiend's Delight • Dod Grile

... my many virtues; but he diskivered that the one he prized the most I hedn't so many uv, to wit, that uv payin for my likker. Therefore the account mite be considered closed. Then, for the fust time in my life, I bleeved in total depravity. ...
— "Swingin Round the Cirkle." • Petroleum V. Nasby

... that a child rather liked to be fondled by his mother, or that his mother cared to fondle him, was proof of total depravity on the part ...
— Little Journeys To The Homes Of Great Teachers • Elbert Hubbard

... may remember, that in the former portions of our story, we made a slight allusion to one Sophia Franklin. She, excellent young lady! shall redeem us from the imputation of total depravity. Her virtue and goodness shall illumine our dark pages with a celestial light—even though her ...
— City Crimes - or Life in New York and Boston • Greenhorn

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