Athanasian

[ath-uh-ney-zhuh n]
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adjective

of or relating to Athanasius or to the doctrines ascribed to him.

noun

Theology. a follower of Athanasius or a believer in the Athanasian Creed.

Origin of Athanasian

First recorded in 1580–90; Athanasi(us) + -an

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Word Origin and History for athanasian

Athanasian

adj.

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."

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