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[ath-uh-ney-zhuh n] /ˌæθ əˈneɪ ʒən/
of or relating to Athanasius or to the doctrines ascribed to him.
Theology. a follower of Athanasius or a believer in the Athanasian Creed.
Origin of Athanasian
First recorded in 1580-90; Athanasi(us) + -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And in this Trinity "none is afore or after the other," which recalls the Athanasian Creed.

    War and the Weird Forbes Phillips
  • It is needless to say that Tiny had been to church and heard the Athanasian Creed.

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • You must know, surely, that I did not use to be an Athanasian, or even a Waterlandian.

    Christmas Evans Paxton Hood
  • The Athanasian Creed is not objectionable because of its damnatory clauses.

    More Pages from a Journal Mark Rutherford
  • It was a century later that the dogma was defined in its Athanasian form.

    The Religious Sentiment Daniel G. Brinton
  • Malone began to feel as if he were involved in the Athanasian Creed.

    Occasion for Disaster Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "I think the word is Athanasian," ventured the minister's wife.

    Homespun Tales Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The service I can't make head or tail of—think of the Athanasian.

    Pointed Roofs Dorothy Richardson
  • The Reverend writer does not name the Athanasian Creed, indeed.

  • It may be found in its completest expression in the Athanasian Creed.

Word Origin and History for Athanasian

1580s, from Athanasius, archbishop of Alexandria in the reign of Constantine. The name is Latin, from Greek Athanasios, from athanatos "immortal," from a- "not," privative prefix, + thanatos "death."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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