Definition of homoousian in English:


Line breaks: homo|ous¦ian
Pronunciation: /ˌhɒməʊˈuːsɪən
, -ˈaʊ-, -z-, ˌhəʊməʊ-/
(also homousian)


  • A person who held that God the Father and God the Son are of the same substance. Compare with homoiousian.
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    • 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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