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Nicene

[nahy-seen, nahy-seen]
adjective
  1. of or relating to Nicaea.
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Also Nicaean.

Origin of Nicene

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin Nīcēnus, variant of Nīcaenus < Greek Nīkaîos (Nī́kai(a) Nicaea + -os adj. suffix), with -n- from Latin adj. suffix -ānus -an
Related formsnon-Ni·cene, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nicene

Nicene

Nicaean (naɪˈsiːən)

adjective
  1. of or relating to Nicaea, an ancient city in NW Asia Minor, or its inhabitants
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Word Origin and History for nicene

Nicene

adj.

early 15c., in reference to Nicaea (Greek Nikaia, modern Turkish Isnik), city in Bithynia where ecclesiastical council of 325 C.E. dealt with the Arian schism and produced the Nicene Creed. A second council held there (787) considered the question of images.

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