noun (1)
Se·​ve·​ri·​an | \ sə̇virēən \
plural -s

Definition of Severian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a sect of Encratite Gnostics of the 2d century


noun (2)
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plural -s

Definition of Severian (Entry 2 of 2)

: a follower of the Monophysite patriarch Severus who taught that the body of Christ was subject to corruption prior to his resurrection

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History and Etymology for Severian

Noun (1)

Medieval Latin Severianus, from Severus, 2d century Gnostic + Latin -ianus -ian

Noun (2)

Severus †538 Pisidian ecclesiastic, bishop of Antioch + English -ian

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“Severian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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