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unitarian

[yoo-ni-tair-ee-uh n]
noun
  1. a person who maintains that God is one being, rejecting the doctrine of the Trinity.
  2. (initial capital letter) a member of a liberal religious denomination founded upon the doctrine that God is one being, and giving each congregation complete control over its affairs.Compare Unitarian Universalism.
  3. an advocate of unity or centralization, as in government.
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adjective
  1. (initial capital letter) pertaining to the Unitarians or their doctrines; accepting Unitarianism; belonging to the Unitarians.
  2. unitary.
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Origin of unitarian

1680–90; < New Latin ūnitāri(us) (Latin ūnit(ās) unity + -ārius -ary) + -an
Related formsnon·u·ni·tar·i·an, nounnon-U·ni·tar·i·an, adjective, nounpro-U·ni·tar·i·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for unitarian

Historical Examples

  • In that case, as a Unitarian, I must object to an invocation in which I do not believe.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Then, too, the hope of establishing a Unitarian Church was ever in Priestley's thoughts.

    Priestley in America

    Edgar F. Smith

  • His expectations for the establishment of a Unitarian congregation were most encouraging.

    Priestley in America

    Edgar F. Smith

  • He would not have dined at the same table with a Unitarian if he could have helped it.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • That common thinness and aridity, too, of the Unitarian temper had weighed with him.

    Robert Elsmere

    Mrs. Humphry Ward


British Dictionary definitions for unitarian

unitarian

noun
  1. a supporter of unity or centralization
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adjective
  1. of or relating to unity or centralization
  2. another word for unitary
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Unitarian

noun
  1. theol a person who believes that God is one being and rejects the doctrine of the Trinity
  2. ecclesiast an upholder of Unitarianism, esp a member of the Church (Unitarian Church) that embodies this system of belief
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Unitarians or Unitarianism
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Word Origin and History for unitarian

n.

1680s, "one who rejects the doctrine of the Trinity," from Modern Latin unitarius (1650s), from Latin unitas (see unity) + -ian.

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