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
In Plotinus it is the first stage in the unfoldment of the Godhead, and is a distinct hypostasis, though not a person.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy|Isaac Husik
It is rather a potential human individual, a nature not yet developed into a person or hypostasis.
The consequences of a hypostasis of the good are no less interesting than its causes.Winds Of Doctrine|George Santayana
This involved, of course, its hypostasis as the metaphysical reality of supreme importance.Creative Intelligence|John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
Evil is here said to be a hypostasis in itself, and imparts evil qualities to other things.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4|Plotinos (Plotinus)
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