Strict, literal adherence to the law or to a particular code, as of religion or morality.(noun)
A legal word, expression, or rule.(noun)
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Use "legalism" in a sentence
"One definition of legalism is believing that good works, including dressing modestly, will earn salvation."
"I've also been called a legalist and accused of thinking myself better than others (the true definition of legalism is believing that I must do certain things in order to be/stayed saved - which I don't, and wearing dresses wouldn't be one of those things!)."
"Another definition of legalism is substituting man-made rules and laws for those written in the Bible."