Definition of Tractarianism in English:



another name for Oxford Movement
‘Other sources of identity could be found in the common experience of change in the aesthetics of worship and church architecture (ironically originating in Tractarianism).’
  • ‘It deals with some of the social and religious problems of the day (the miserable conditions of the rustic labourer, the Game Laws, and Tractarianism).’
  • ‘The original edition of the work was published before the start of the Oxford Movement; thus, it is anachronistic in a sense to read these portions as apologetic for Tractarianism.’
  • ‘This was in part due to the influence of Tractarianism and the support which its leading figures, especially Edward Bouverie Pusey, gave to the revival of conventual life.’
  • ‘He assured her that he did not believe that she was a papist, but rather lived life according to the principles of Tractarianism.’



/ˌtrakˈterēənizəm/ /ˌtrækˈtɛriənɪzəm/


Mid 19th century from Tracts for the Times, the title of a series of pamphlets started by J. H. Newman and published in Oxford 1833–41, which set out the doctrines on which the movement was based.