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Nicene

[nahy-seen, nahy-seen] /naɪˈsin, ˈnaɪ sin/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Nicaea.
Also, Nicaean.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin Nīcēnus, variant of Nīcaenus < Greek Nīkaîos (Nī́kai(a) Nicaea + -os adj. suffix), with -n- from Latin adj. suffix -ānus -an
Related forms
non-Nicene, adjective
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  • The germanic elites were arians, and the majority population Nicene.
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Nicene

/ˈnaɪsiːn/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Nicaea, an ancient city in NW Asia Minor, or its inhabitants
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Word Origin and History for Nicene
adj.

early 15c., in reference to Nicaea (Greek Nikaia, modern Turkish Isnik), city in Bithynia where ecclesiastical council of 325 C.E. dealt with the Arian schism and produced the Nicene Creed. A second council held there (787) considered the question of images.

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