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 for Calvinism
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Calvinism \Cal"vin*ism\, n. [Cf. F. Calvinisme.]
     The theological tenets or doctrines of John Calvin (a French
     theologian and reformer of the 16th century) and his
     followers, or of the so-called calvinistic churches.
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The distinguishing doctrines of this system, usually
           termed the five points of Calvinism, are original sin
           or total depravity, election or predestination,
           particular redemption, effectual calling, and the
           perseverance of the saints. It has been subject to many
           variations and modifications in different churches and
           at various times.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the theological system of John Calvin and his followers
           emphasizing omnipotence of God and salvation by grace alone

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