theatines

Theatine

[thee-uh-tin, -tahyn, -teen]
noun
1.
a member of a congregation of regular clerics, founded in Italy in 1524 to combat Protestantism and promote higher morality among Roman Catholics.
2.
a member of a congregation of nuns, founded in Italy in 1583 under the direction of the Theatine fathers.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Neo-Latin Theatēnus of Chieti, Italy, where one of the founders held the archbishopric

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