[ 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 forms

Nes·to·ri·an·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for nestorianism


/ (nɛˈstɔːrɪəˌnɪzəm) /


the doctrine that Christ was two distinct persons, divine and human, implying a denial that the Virgin Mary was the mother of God. It is attributed to Nestorius and survives in the Iraqi Church

Derived Forms

Nestorian, noun, adjective
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