Deuteronomic Law

Entertainment / Literature / Deuteronomic Law: The belief that God could choose to wait several generations before punishing a sinful race for the sins of the fathers. Thus, the children or descendants of the original criminals or evildoers would suffer the consequences of their ancestors' choices regardless of their own piety or virtue. The idea originates in an Old Testament Biblical passage found in Deuteronomy 5:9: . . . For I am the Lord thy God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon their children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. A similar passage in Ezekiel 18:2 and Jeremiah 31:29-30 (The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge') was also read as an echo of this idea, though in general, the doctrine is referred to as Deuteronomic by Renaissance theologians. Renaissance historians, especially those influenced by Tudor propaganda, saw the War of the Roses and the subsequent series of incompetent kings (like Henry VI) and cruel tyrants (like Richard III) as God's punishment descending upon Britain for allowing Henry IV to usurp the throne from a legitimate ruler three generations earlier.

Other Words for Law

Law Verb Synonyms: rule, regulation, ordinance, statute, act, enactment, by-law, measure, edict, decree, order, directive, injunction, command, commandment, canon, mandate, ukase
Law Noun Synonyms: principle, proposition, theory, theorem, formula, axiom, deduction, corollary, postulate, conclusion, inference

Ohms Law

Technology / Home Audio / Ohms Law: The mathematical relationship between voltage, current, and resistance. It is named after George Ohm, it's discoverer. Ohm's law states that current volume in a conductor is directly proportional to t MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Outlaw: An individual determined by a council vote to be an outlaw at a thing or an althing was considered outside the normal bounds of kinship relations in Iceland. He was considered outside the law (hence t MORE


Entertainment / Bowling / Mother-In-Law: Usually the 7-pin, because it's often the pin that remains standing to spoil what looked like a good strike hit; sometimes synonymous with barmaid. MORE