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Trinity

[trin-i-tee] /ˈtrɪn ɪ ti/
noun, plural Trinities for 2, 4.
1.
Also called Blessed Trinity, Holy Trinity. the union of three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) in one Godhead, or the threefold personality of the one Divine Being.
2.
a representation of this in art.
4.
(lowercase) a group of three; triad.
5.
(lowercase) the state of being threefold or triple.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English Trinite < Old French < Late Latin trīnitās triad, trio, the Trinity, equivalent to trīn(us) threefold (see trine) + -itās -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for Trinity

trinity

/ˈtrɪnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a group of three
2.
the state of being threefold
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trinite, from Late Latin trīnitās, from Latin trīnus triple

Trinity

/ˈtrɪnɪtɪ/
noun
1.
(Christian theol) Also called Holy Trinity, Blessed Trinity. the union of three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one Godhead
3.
Holy Trinity, a religious order founded in 1198
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Word Origin and History for Trinity

trinity

n.

early 13c., "the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," constituting one God in prevailing Christian doctrine, from Old French trinite (11c.), from Latin trinitatem (nominative trinitas) "Trinity, triad" (Tertullian), from trinus "threefold, triple," from plural of trini "three at a time, threefold," related to tres (neuter tria) "three." The Latin word was widely borrowed in European languages with the rise of Christianity (e.g. Irish trionnoid, Welsh trindod, German trinität).

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Trinity in Culture

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A doctrine of Christianity that there is one God and three divine persons in the one God: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.

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Trinity in the Bible

a word not found in Scripture, but used to express the doctrine of the unity of God as subsisting in three distinct Persons. This word is derived from the Gr. trias, first used by Theophilus (A.D. 168-183), or from the Lat. trinitas, first used by Tertullian (A.D. 220), to express this doctrine. The propositions involved in the doctrine are these: 1. That God is one, and that there is but one God (Deut. 6:4; 1 Kings 8:60; Isa. 44:6; Mark 12:29, 32; John 10:30). 2. That the Father is a distinct divine Person (hypostasis, subsistentia, persona, suppositum intellectuale), distinct from the Son and the Holy Spirit. 3. That Jesus Christ was truly God, and yet was a Person distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit. 4. That the Holy Spirit is also a distinct divine Person.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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