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[thee-uh-loh-juh n, -jee-uh n] /ˌθi əˈloʊ dʒən, -dʒi ən/
a person versed in theology, especially Christian theology; divine.
Origin of theologian
1475-85; theology + -an; replacing earlier theologien < Middle French
Related forms
antitheologian, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • He was a physician as well as a theologian and a poet, amiable and humane in character, and greatly beloved.
  • He was also a theologian, and could meet his opponents on their own ground.
  • He was a theologian who spent only a few years on mathematics and physics.
  • On top of these accomplishments she was a doctor, a theologian, and a poet.
  • His parents intended him to join the ministry and sent him to study with a theologian.
  • The law provides for a three-member panel consisting of a theologian, a lawyer, and a social scientist to review applications.
  • The law provides for a three-member panel consisting of a theologian, a lawyer, and a social scientist to review the application.
British Dictionary definitions for theologian


a person versed in or engaged in the study of theology, esp Christian theology
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Word Origin and History for theologian

late 15c., from Old French theologien (14c.); see theology. A petty or paltry theologist is a theologaster (1620s), coined in Medieval Latin by Martin Luther (1518).

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theologian in Culture

theologian definition

A person who engages in theology. Some notable theologians are Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, John Calvin, and Martin Luther.

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