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[air-ee-uh-niz-uh m, ar-]
noun Theology.
  1. the doctrine, taught by Arius, that Christ the Son was not consubstantial with God the Father.
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Origin of Arianism

First recorded in 1590–1600; Arian + -ism
Related formsAr·i·an·is·tic, Ar·i·an·is·ti·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for arianism

Historical Examples

  • But the most sanguine stickler for Arianism is the illustrious Dr. Clark.

    Letters on England


  • Gregory's life was spent in a continual conflict with Arianism.

  • The earliest successful conversion of the Teutons was to Arianism.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick

  • Arianism, divergencies in direction of, in Massachusetts, 267.

    The Beginners of a Nation

    Edward Eggleston.

  • He sent theologians to meet Ulfilas, and torment him into Arianism.

    The Roman and the Teuton

    Charles Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for arianism


  1. the doctrine of Arius, pronounced heretical at the Council of Nicaea, which asserted that Christ was not of one substance with the Father, but a creature raised by the Father to the dignity of Son of God
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Word Origin and History for arianism



c.1600, from Arian + -ism.

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