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Calvinist

adjective uk   /ˈkæl.vɪ.nɪst/ ( also Calvinistic,   /ˌkæl.vɪˈnɪs.tɪk/   ) us  
relating to the Christian teachings of John Calvin, especially the belief that God controls what happens on earth: Calvinist doctrine having severe moral standards and considering pleasure to be wrong or not necessary: Her parents have very Calvinist attitudes.
Calvinism
noun [U] uk   /-nɪ.zəm/ us  
Calvinist
noun [C] uk   us  
Translations of “Calvinist”
in Chinese (Traditional) 加爾文主義的, 加爾文宗的, 嚴守道德的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 加尔文主义的, 加尔文宗的, 严守道德的…
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