Nes·​to·​ri·​an | \ ne-ˈstȯr-ē-ən How to pronounce Nestorian (audio) \

Definition of Nestorian

1 : of or relating to the doctrine ascribed to Nestorius and ecclesiastically condemned in 431 that divine and human persons remained separate in the incarnate Christ
2 : of or relating to a church separating from Byzantine Christianity after 431, centering in Persia, and surviving chiefly in Asia Minor

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Nestorian noun
Nestorianism \ ne-​ˈstȯr-​ē-​ə-​ˌni-​zəm How to pronounce Nestorianism (audio) \ noun

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1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nestorian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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