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Severian

noun Se·ve·ri·an \ sə̇virēən \

Definition of Severian

plural -s
:one of a sect of Encratite Gnostics of the 2d century

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Origin and Etymology of severian

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


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Severian

noun \ " \

Definition of Severian

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

Origin and Etymology of severian

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


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