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

1590–1600; < Neo-Latin Theatēnus of Chieti, Italy, where one of the founders held the archbishopric Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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