[thee-uh-loh-juh n, -jee-uh n]
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Origin of theologian

1475–85; theology + -an; replacing earlier theologien < Middle French
Related formsan·ti·the·o·lo·gian, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for theologian

cleric, clergy, philosopher, scholar, divine, curate, ecclesiastic

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British Dictionary definitions for theologian


  1. a person versed in or engaged in the study of theology, esp Christian theology
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Word Origin and History for theologian

late 15c., from Old French theologien (14c.); see theology. A petty or paltry theologist is a theologaster (1620s), coined in Medieval Latin by Martin Luther (1518).

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theologian in Culture


A person who engages in theology. Some notable theologians are Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, John Calvin, and Martin Luther.

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