[ suh-bel-ee-uhn ]

  1. a member of a group of early Italian peoples including the Samnites and Sabines.

Origin of Sabellian

1595–1605; <Latin Sabell(us) a member of any of the Oscan-speaking Italic ethnic groups + -ian

Words Nearby Sabellian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Sabellian in a sentence

  • For this opinion the two popes are angrily dealt with by our author, and charged with being half Sabellian, half humanitarian.

    Studies of Christianity | James Martineau
  • The Umbrian-Sabellian tribes had the same phonetic peculiarity as the Celts.

  • These carry for war javelins and grim stabbing weapons, and fight with the round shaft and sharp point of the Sabellian pike.

  • I would urge it on my son, did not the mixture of blood by his Sabellian mother make this half his native land.

  • But the Sabellian theory, which the Unitarians inherited, was in no respect justified, save as a tradition.

    Recollections and Impressions | Octavius Brooks Frothingham

British Dictionary definitions for Sabellian


/ (səˈbɛlɪən) /

  1. an extinct language or group of languages of ancient Italy, surviving only in a few inscriptions belonging to the Osco-Umbrian group

  2. a member of any of the ancient peoples speaking this language, including the Sabines

  1. of or relating to this language or its speakers

Origin of Sabellian

C17: from Latin Sabellī group of Italian tribes

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