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[ter-tuhl-ee-uh n, -tuhl-yuh n] /tərˈtʌl i ən, -ˈtʌl yən/
(Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus) a.d. c160–c230, Carthaginian theologian. Unabridged
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  • Tertullian said nearly the same thing, and no one has ever doubted HIS sincerity.

    The Invention of a New Religion Basil Hall Chamberlain
  • Tertullian believes that the soul is corporeal, and that it has a certain figure.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Tertullian, in his Apology, gives four chapters to the subject, and one of these seems to be an alternative draft.

  • And so does Tertullian, which liquor pressed from apples, he says, was most strong and vinous.

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
  • Tertullian repels the charge, and demonstrates their loyalty to the emperor and to their country.

    The Catacombs of Rome William Henry Withrow
  • Tertullian asserted that fossils resulted from the flood of Noah.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • A man like Tertullian knew how to protect himself in his own way from this defect, but his attitude is not typical.

  • All was dark yet splendid—as that ebony to which has been likened the style of Tertullian.

  • Tertullian, whose heavy diatribes are to be found in large libraries, was bitter in his opposition to marriage.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for Tertullian


Latin name Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus. ?160–?220 ad, Carthaginian Christian theologian, who wrote in Latin rather than Greek and originated much of Christian terminology
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