noun Etymology: Late Greek homoiousios of like substance, from Greek homoi- homeo- + ousia essence, substance, from ont-, ōn, present participle of einai to be — more at is Date: 1732 an adherent of an ecclesiastical party of the fourth century holding that the Son is essentially like the Father but not of the same substance

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  • Homoiousian — Ho moi*ou si*an, n. [Gr. ?, ?, of like substance; o moios + o ysi a the substance, being, essence.] (Eccl. Hist.) One of the semi Arians of the 4th century, who held that the Son was of like, but not the same, essence or substance with the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Homoiousian — Ho moi*ou si*an, a. Of or pertaining to Homoiousians, or their belief. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homoiousian — 1680s, from Gk. homoiousios of the same essence, from homos one and the same (see HOMO (Cf. homo ) (1)) + ousia essence (see ESSENCE (Cf. essence)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • homoiousian — [hō΄moi o͞o′sē ənhō΄moi o͞o′sē ən] adj. [LGr(Ec) homoiousios, of like substance < homoios, like (< homos, SAME) + ousia, essence < ōn, being: see ONTO ] [also H ] Theol. of or holding the teaching that God the Father and God the Son are… …   English World dictionary

  • Homoiousian — Homoiousianism (from the Greek όμοιος meaning similar and ουσία meaning essence or being) was a 4th century CE movement which arose in the early period of the Christian religion out of a wing of Arianism. It was an attempt to reconcile the… …   Wikipedia

  • Homoiousian — Homoiousianism, n. /hoh moy ooh see euhn, ow /, n. 1. a member of a 4th century A.D. church party that maintained that the essence of the Son is similar to, but not the same as, that of the Father. adj. 2. relating to the Homoiousians or their… …   Universalium

  • homoiousian — adjective /hɒmɔɪˈuːzɪən/ having a similar but not identical essence, especially with reference to the first and second persons of the Trinity …   Wiktionary

  • homoiousian — [ˌhɒmɔɪ u:sɪən, aʊ , z ] noun historical a person who held that God the Father and God the Son are of like but not identical substance. Compare with homoousian. Origin C17: via eccles. L. from Gk homoiousios, from homoios like + ousia essence,… …   English new terms dictionary

  • homoiousian — I. a. Of a similar nature, of like essence or substance. II. n. Believer in tho like substance of the Father and the Son …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • homoiousian — ho·moi·ou·sian …   English syllables

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