noun, plural hy·pos·ta·ses [hahy-pos-tuh-seez, hi-]. /haɪˈpɒs təˌsiz, hɪ-/.
- something that stands under and supports; foundation.
- the underlying or essential part of anything as distinguished from attributes; substance, essence, or essential principle.
- one of the three real and distinct substances in the one undivided substance or essence of God.
- a person of the Trinity.
- the one personality of Christ in which His two natures, human and divine, are united.
- the accumulation of blood or its solid components in parts of an organ or body due to poor circulation.
- such sedimentation, as in a test tube.
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Example sentences from the Web for hypostasis
Among the hidden and1302 intelligible gods are three hypostases.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4|Plotinos (Plotinus)
But as to the nature and order of these hypostases, the Alexandrians are no longer at one with the school of Athens.The City of God, Volume I|Aurelius Augustine
(The two hypostases of the supreme spirit—the unknowable and the Manifest, the aprakstm and the saprakstm).
The Christian has but one God, existing in three hypostases.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
Thus they meant by it what the Latins called persona, and rightly spoke of three hypostases (persons).The Arian Controversy|H. M. Gwatkin
British Dictionary definitions for hypostasis
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
- any of the three persons of the Godhead, together constituting the Trinity
- the one person of Christ in which the divine and human natures are united