of or relating to the fathers of the Christian church or their writings.

Sometimes pa·tris·ti·cal.

Origin of patristic

First recorded in 1830–40; patr(i)- + -istic
Related formspa·tris·ti·cal·ly, adverbpa·tris·ti·cal·ness, nounun·pa·tris·tic, adjectiveun·pa·tris·ti·cal, adjectiveun·pa·tris·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or relating to the Fathers of the Church, their writings, or the study of these
Derived Formspatristically, adverbpatristics, noun functioning as singular
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Word Origin and History for patristic

1773, from patri- + -istic. Related: patristical (1819).

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