Pho·​tian | \ ˈfōsh(ē)ən \

Definition of Photian

: of or relating to the patriarch Photius noted for precipitating an early schism between the Eastern and Western churches by challenging the claim of the Roman see to supremacy and charging the Latin churches with heretical innovations (as the credal phrase “and the son”)

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History and Etymology for Photian

Photius †a.d. 891 Patriarch of Constantinople + English -an

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“Photian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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