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Homoiousian

[hoh-moi-oo-see-uh n, -ou-]
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noun
  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.
adjective
  1. relating to the Homoiousians or their doctrine.

Origin of Homoiousian

1725–35; < Late Greek homoioúsi(os) of like substance (homoi- homoio- + ousí(a) substance, essence + -os adj. suffix) + -an
Related formsHo·moi·ou·si·an·ism, noun
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  • With what synthetical power he refuted the Homoiousian theory.

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British Dictionary definitions for homoiousian

Homoiousian

noun
  1. a Christian who believes that the Son is of like (and not identical) substance with the FatherCompare Homoousian
adjective
  1. of or relating to the Homoiousians
Derived FormsHomoiousianism, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Late Greek homoiousios of like substance, from Greek homoio- like + ousia nature
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Word Origin and History for homoiousian

n.

1680s, from Greek homoiousios "of the same essence," from homos "one and the same" (see homo- (1)) + ousia "essence" (see Parousia).

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