[ ne-stawr-ee-uh n, -stohr- ]
/ nɛˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr- /


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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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