Definitions for immaculate conception
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the doctrine according to which the Virgin Mary was conceived in her mother's womb without the stain of original sin.
the feast commemorating this, celebrated on December 8.
Origin of Immaculate Conception:
Immaculate Conception, December 8(noun)
Roman Catholic holy day first celebrated in 1854
Immaculate Conception, Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary(noun)
(Christianity) the Roman Catholic dogma that God preserved the Virgin Mary from any stain of original sin from the moment she was conceived
The doctrine, in the Roman Catholic Church, that the Virgin Mary was conceived free from original sin
December 8th (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary)
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the doctrine held by the Roman Catholic Church that the Virgin Mary was conceived and born without taint of sin; first distinctly propounded in the 12th century, at which time a festival was introduced in celebration of it, and which became matter of dispute in the 14th century, and it was only in 1854 that it became by a bull an article of the Catholic faith.
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