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Morrish Bible Dictionary [1]

The word is ἄνομος, and is translated 'without law' in  1 Corinthians 9:21; it is applied to those who, regardless of all law, do their own will.  Acts 2:23;  2 Thessalonians 2:8;  1 Timothy 1:9;  2 Peter 2:8 . It is wrongly translated 'transgressor' in the A.V. of  Mark 15:28 and   Luke 22:37 . A kindred word is translated 'transgression of the law' in  1 John 3:4 , which as a definition of sin is a serious error: it should be 'sin is lawlessness,' and this term is equally applicable to those who never had the law.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): ( a.) Contrary to, or unauthorized by, law; illegal; as, a lawless claim.

(2): ( a.) Not subject to the laws of nature; uncontrolled.

(3): ( a.) Not subject to, or restrained by, the law of morality or of society; as, lawless men or behavior.

King James Dictionary [3]


1. Not subject to law unrestrained by law as a lawless tyrant lawless men. 2. Contrary to law illegal unauthorized as a lawless claim.

He needs no indirect nor lawless course.

3. Not subject to the ordinary laws of nature uncontrolled.

He, meteor-like, flames lawless through the void.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [4]

lô´les ( ἄνομος , ánomos ): While occurring but once in the King James Version (  1 Timothy 1:9 ), is translated in various ways, e.g. "without law" ( 1 Corinthians 9:21 ); "unlawful" ( 2 Peter 2:8 the King James Version); "lawless" (  1 Timothy 1:9 ); "transgressor" ( Mark 15:28;  Luke 22:37 ); "wicked" ( Acts 2:23 the King James Version;   2 Thessalonians 2:8 the King James Version). When Paul claims to be "without law," he has reference to those things in the ceremonial law which might well be passed over, and not to the moral law. Paul was by no means an antinomian. Those are "lawless" who break the law of the Decalogue; hence, those who disobey the commandment, "Honor thy father and thy mother," are lawless (  1 Timothy 1:9 ). The civil law is also the law of God. Those breaking it are lawless, hence, called "transgressors." Those who are unjust in their dealings are also "lawless"; for this reason the hands of Pilate and those who with him unjustly condemned Jesus are called "wicked (unlawful) hands" ( Acts 2:23 the King James Version). The most notable example of lawlessness is the Antichrist, that "wicked (lawless) one" (  2 Thessalonians 2:8 ).