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[suh-bel-ee-uh n] /səˈbɛl i ən/
a member of a group of early Italian peoples including the Samnites and Sabines.
Origin of Sabellian
1595-1605; < Latin Sabell(us) a member of any of the Oscan-speaking Italic ethnic groups + -ian Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Sabellian
Historical Examples
  • Indeed, we are not really sure the researches were Sabellian.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • For this opinion the two popes are angrily dealt with by our author, and charged with being half Sabellian, half humanitarian.

    Studies of Christianity James Martineau
  • These carry for war javelins and grim stabbing weapons, and fight with the round shaft and sharp point of the Sabellian pike.

  • I would urge it on my son, did not the mixture of blood by his Sabellian mother make this half his native land.

  • But the Sabellian theory, which the Unitarians inherited, was in no respect justified, save as a tradition.

    Recollections and Impressions Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  • To men who dreaded the return of Sabellian confusion, Arianism was at least an error in the right direction.

    The Arian Controversy H. M. Gwatkin
  • There were only half a dozen Arians left in the council, and too precise a definition might lead to dangers on the Sabellian side.

    The Arian Controversy H. M. Gwatkin
  • Had it stood alone, the creed would have been Sabellian; but at Nicæa it was checked by from the essence.

    The Arian Controversy H. M. Gwatkin
British Dictionary definitions for Sabellian


an extinct language or group of languages of ancient Italy, surviving only in a few inscriptions belonging to the Osco-Umbrian group
a member of any of the ancient peoples speaking this language, including the Sabines
of or relating to this language or its speakers
Word Origin
C17: from Latin Sabellī group of Italian tribes
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