Trinity

Trinity

[trin-i-tee]
noun, plural Trinities for 2, 4.
1.
Also called Blessed Trinity, Holy Trinity. the union of three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) in one Godhead, or the threefold personality of the one Divine Being.
2.
a representation of this in art.
4.
(lowercase) a group of three; triad.
5.
(lowercase) the state of being threefold or triple.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English Trinite < Old French < Late Latin trīnitās triad, trio, the Trinity, equivalent to trīn(us) threefold (see trine) + -itās -ity

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trinity (ˈtrɪnɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a group of three
2.  the state of being threefold
 
[C13: from Old French trinite, from Late Latin trīnitās, from Latin trīnus triple]

Trinity (ˈtrɪnɪtɪ)
 
n
1.  Christian theol Holy Trinity, Also called: Blessed Trinity the union of three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one Godhead
2.  See Trinity Sunday
3.  Holy Trinity a religious order founded in 1198

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trinity
early 13c., "the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," constituting one God in prevailing Christian doctrine, from O.Fr. trinite (11c.), from L. trinitatem (nom. trinitas) "Trinity, triad" (Tertullian), from trinus "threefold, triple," from pl. of trini "three at a time, threefold," related to tres (neut. tria)
"three." The L. word was widely borrowed in European languages with the rise of Christianity (e.g. Ir. trionnoid, Welsh trindod, Ger. trinität).
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Cultural Dictionary

Trinity definition


A doctrine of Christianity that there is one God and three divine persons in the one God: the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit.

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Bible Dictionary

Trinity definition


a word not found in Scripture, but used to express the doctrine of the unity of God as subsisting in three distinct Persons. This word is derived from the Gr. trias, first used by Theophilus (A.D. 168-183), or from the Lat. trinitas, first used by Tertullian (A.D. 220), to express this doctrine. The propositions involved in the doctrine are these: 1. That God is one, and that there is but one God (Deut. 6:4; 1 Kings 8:60; Isa. 44:6; Mark 12:29, 32; John 10:30). 2. That the Father is a distinct divine Person (hypostasis, subsistentia, persona, suppositum intellectuale), distinct from the Son and the Holy Spirit. 3. That Jesus Christ was truly God, and yet was a Person distinct from the Father and the Holy Spirit. 4. That the Holy Spirit is also a distinct divine Person.

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