[ter-tuhl-ee-uh n, -tuhl-yuh n]


Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, a.d. c160–c230, Carthaginian theologian.

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Contemporary Examples of tertullian

  • The second-century Christian theologian Tertullian once said “It is certain because it is impossible.”

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Historical Examples of tertullian

  • Tertullian believes that the soul is corporeal, and that it has a certain figure.

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  • And so does Tertullian, which liquor pressed from apples, he says, was most strong and vinous.

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    Boniface Oinophilus

  • Some have maintained, with Tertullian, that they are 'the souls of baser men.'

  • Tertullian asserted that fossils resulted from the flood of Noah.

  • All was dark yet splendid—as that ebony to which has been likened the style of Tertullian.

British Dictionary definitions for tertullian



Latin name Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus. ?160–?220 ad, Carthaginian Christian theologian, who wrote in Latin rather than Greek and originated much of Christian terminology
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