Arian

Arian

[air-ee-uhn, ar-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Arius or Arianism.
noun
2.
an adherent of Arianism.

Origin:
1525–35; < Late Latin Ariānus of, pertaining to Arius; see -an

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Arian

[air-ee-uhn, ar-]
adjective, noun

-arian

a suffix forming personal nouns corresponding to Latin adjectives ending in -ārius or English adjectives or nouns ending in -ary, (librarian; proletarian; Rotarian; seminarian; sexagenarian; veterinarian ); subsequently productive in English with other Latinate stems, forming nouns denoting a person who supports, advocates, or practices a doctrine, theory, or set of principles associated with the base word: authoritarian; establishmentarian; totalitarian; vegetarian .

Origin:
< Latin -āri(us) or -ary + -an

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Arian (ˈɛərɪən)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or characterizing Arius or Arianism
 
n
2.  an adherent of Arianism
 
adj, —n
3.  a variant spelling of Aryan

-arian
 
suffix forming nouns
indicating a person or thing that advocates, believes, or is associated with something: vegetarian; millenarian; librarian
 
[from Latin -ārius-ary + -an]

Aryan or Arian (ˈɛərɪən)
 
n
1.  (in Nazi ideology) a Caucasian of non-Jewish descent, esp of the Nordic type
2.  a member of any of the peoples supposedly descended from the Indo-Europeans, esp a speaker of an Iranian or Indic language in ancient times
 
adj
3.  of, relating to, or characteristic of an Aryan or Aryans
 
adj, —n
4.  archaic Indo-European
 
[C19: from Sanskrit ārya of noble birth]
 
Arian or Arian
 
n
 
adj
 
adj, —n
 
[C19: from Sanskrit ārya of noble birth]

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Arian
1530s, pertaining to the doctrines of Arius, priest in Alexandria early 4c., who posed the question of Christ's nature in terms which appeared to debase the Savior's relation to God (denial of consubstantiation). Besides taking an abstract view of Christ's nature, he reaffirmed man's capacity for perfection.
The dissention was widespread and split the Church for about a century during a crucial time. Arianism is attested from c.1600.
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