Definition of Theatine
: a priest of the Order of Clerks Regular founded in 1524 in Italy by St. Cajetan and Gian Pietro Caraffa to reform Catholic morality and combat Lutheranism
Origin and Etymology of theatine
New Latin Theatinus, from Latin Teatinus inhabitant of Chieti, from Teate Chieti, Italy
First Known Use: circa 1598See Words from the same year
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