noun (plural hypostases /-ˌsēz/)
- 2 Philosophy An underlying reality or substance, as opposed to attributes or that which lacks substance.More example sentences
- And indeed by referring to those situations, Levinas wants to detect the specific features of an hypostasis opposed to all ek-stasis.
- It is true that in popular fashion we can say of a commodity that ‘a lot of work has gone into it.’
- The use of multiple voice-overs, often indistinguishable, replaces the hierarchy of hypostases with the equality of beings.
- 2.1 Theology (In Trinitarian doctrine) each of the three persons of the Trinity, as contrasted with the unity of the Godhead.More example sentences
- The essence of the Trinity is the self-revelation of the Father through the revealing hypostases of Word and Spirit.
- If so, the consequence is that the hypostases, Father, Son and Spirit, do become inner relations.
- For he is the image not of the will nor of anything else except the actual hypostasis of the Father.
- 2.2 [in singular] Theology The single person of Christ, as contrasted with his dual human and divine nature.More example sentences
- It is his divine hypostasis itself that thus shares in death, for it is the hypostasis of his human nature indissolubly united with the divine.
- Their closeness to God is such that he could bind himself with this nature to a hypostasis and so himself give honor to this mortal flesh.
early 16th century (in theological use): via ecclesiastical Latin from Greek hupostasis 'sediment', later 'essence, substance', from hupo 'under' + stasis 'standing'.
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