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patristic Line breaks: pa¦tris|tic
Pronunciation: /pəˈtrɪstɪk/

Definition of patristic in English:


Relating to the early Christian theologians or to patristics: the great patristic era of the first five centuries
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  • The hymns for the feasts of Christ and his Mother constitute a course in patristic Christology and Trinitarian theology.
  • The first is entitled ‘Ancient Origins,’ in which he traces the primitive and patristic eras of the Christian church.
  • Her appeal to a range of sources within the tradition is laudable, particularly since patristic theologians had been neglected in her book until this point.


Mid 19th century: from German patristisch, from Latin pater, patr- 'father'.

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