Athanasian
adjective Date: 1586 of or relating to Athanasius or his advocacy of the homoousian doctrine against Arianism

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  • Athanasian — Ath a*na sian (?; 277), a. Of or pertaining to Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria in the 4th century. [1913 Webster] {Athanasian creed}, a formulary, confession, or exposition of faith, formerly supposed to have been drawn up by Athanasius; but… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Athanasian — 1580s, from Athanasius, archbishop of Alexandria in the reign of Constantine. The name is Latin, from Gk. Athanasios, from athanatos immortal, from a not, privative prefix, + thanatos death …   Etymology dictionary

  • Athanasian — /ath euh nay zheuhn/, adj. 1. of or pertaining to Athanasius or to the doctrines ascribed to him. n. 2. Theol. a follower of Athanasius or a believer in the Athanasian Creed. [1580 90; ATHANASI(US) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Athanasian — adj. of or pertaining to Athanasius; of or pertaining to the doctrines of Athanasius n. follower of Athanasius …   English contemporary dictionary

  • athanasian — ath·a·na·sian …   English syllables

  • Athanasian — /æθəˈneɪʒən/ (say athuh nayzhuhn) adjective 1. of or relating to Saint Athanasius. –noun 2. Theology a follower of Athanasius or a believer in his creed …   Australian English dictionary

  • athanasian — I. |athə|nāzhən, nāsh adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Athanasius the Great died 373 Greek church father & patriarch of Alexandria + English an : of or relating to Athanasius, who advocated the homoousian doctrine against Arianism… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Athanasian creed — Athanasian Ath a*na sian (?; 277), a. Of or pertaining to Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria in the 4th century. [1913 Webster] {Athanasian creed}, a formulary, confession, or exposition of faith, formerly supposed to have been drawn up by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Athanasian Creed, The — • One of the symbols of the Faith approved by the Church and given a place in her liturgy Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006 …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Athanasian Creed — n. a 4th 5th cent. statement of Christian beliefs of unknown authorship, formerly attributed to Athanasius: as opposed to Arianism, it emphasizes faith in the Trinity …   English World dictionary

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