adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin nicaenus, from Latin Nicaea Nicaea, from Greek Nikaia Date: 14th century 1. of or relating to Nicaea or the Nicaeans 2. of or relating to the ecumenical church council held in Nicaea in A.D. 325 or to the Nicene Creed

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  • Nicene — Ni cene, a. [L. Nicaenus, fr. Nicaea Nice, Gr. ?.] Of or pertaining to Nice, a town of Asia Minor, or to the ecumenical council held there a. d. 325. [1913 Webster] {Nicene Creed}, a summary of Christian faith, composed and adopted by the Council …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nicene — (adj.) early 15c., in reference to Nicaea (Gk. Nikaia, modern Turkish Isnik), city in Bithynia where ecclesiastical council of 325 C.E. dealt with the Arian schism and produced the Nicene Creed. A second council held there (787) considered the… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Nicene — [nī′sēn΄, nī sēn′] adj. of Nicaea …   English World dictionary

  • Nicene — /nuy seen , nuy seen/, adj. of or pertaining to Nicaea. Also, Nicaean. [1350 1400; ME < LL Nicenus, var. of Nicaenus < Gk Nikaîos (Níkai(a) Nicaea + os adj. suffix), with n from L adj. suffix anus AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • Nicene —    The christology which was accepted by the Christian Church at the Council of Nicaea in 325 which was summoned to combat the teachings of arius …   Who’s Who in Christianity

  • nicene — ni·cene …   English syllables

  • Nicene — Ni•cene [[t]naɪˈsin, ˈnaɪ sin[/t]] also Nicaean adj. of or pertaining to Nicaea • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < LL Nīcēnus, Nīcaenus …   From formal English to slang

  • Nicene — /ˈnaɪsin/ (say nuyseen) adjective of or relating to Nicaea. Also, Nicaean. {Middle English, from Late Latin Nīcēnus, from Nīcēa, from Greek Nīkaia, a town in the ancient country of Bithynia} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Nicene — The appellation given a religious creed promulgated in 325 A. D. at the first general council of Christians held at Nicea in Asia Minor …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Nicene — adjective of or relating to the ancient city of Nicaea in Asia Minor • Syn: ↑Nicaean • Pertains to noun: ↑Nicaea, ↑Nicaea (for: ↑Nicaean) • Derivationally related forms: ↑Ni …   Useful english dictionary

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