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homoousian Line breaks: homo|ous¦ian
Pronunciation: /ˌhɒməʊˈuːsɪən/
/ˌhɒməʊˈaʊsɪən/ /ˌhɒməʊˈuːzɪən/ /ˌhɒməʊˈaʊzɪən/ /ˌhəʊməʊˈuːsɪən/
(also homousian)

Definition of homoousian in English:


A person who held that God the Father and God the Son are of the same substance. Compare with homoiousian.
Example sentences
  • The arguments between homoiousians and homoousians would be hysterically ridiculous if it weren't for the amount of blood shed over the letter ‘i’.


Mid 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin homousianus, from homousius, from Greek homoousios, from homos 'same' + ousia 'essence, substance'.

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