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  1. of or relating to the fathers of the Christian church or their writings.
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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
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Examples from the Web for patristic

Historical Examples

  • It may be patristic; in which case I shall be glad of learned information.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1

    George Saintsbury

  • The library of Ramsey was also remarkably rich in patristic lore.

    Bibliomania in the Middle Ages

    Frederick Somner Merryweather

  • Nor was it very different with the patristic, or Christian antique, element.

  • The same had been despotically true of the patristic period.

  • Pearson on the Creed, with its patristic citations, was ever at his hand.

British Dictionary definitions for patristic



  1. of or relating to the Fathers of the Church, their writings, or the study of these
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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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