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[ne-stawr-ee-uh n, -stohr-]
  1. one of a sect of followers of Nestorius who denied the hypostatic union and were represented as maintaining the existence of two distinct persons in Christ.
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Origin of Nestorian

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word Nestoriānus. See Nestorius, -an
Related formsNes·to·ri·an·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for nestorian

Historical Examples

  • Here their patriarch dwells who ruled over all the Nestorian church.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

  • All his classmen are leaders in the Presbyterian church as well as of the Nestorian nation.

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    Mooshie G. Daniel

  • Nestorian Christians, persecuted by the Sassanian princes, 89.

  • The Nestorians are the true Chaldeans, and repudiate the name Nestorian.

  • The Nestorian profession of faith, in fifth act of Council of Ephesus.

Word Origin and History for nestorian



in Church history (mid-15c.), a follower of Nestorius (Latinized form of Nestor), 5c. patriarch of Constantinople, whose doctrine attributed distinct divine and human persons to Christ and was condemned as heresy. As an adjective from 1560s. Related: Nestorianism.

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