noun, often capitalized
al·​ex·​an·​dri·​an·​ism | \ ˌa-lig-ˈzan-drē-ə-ˌni-zəm, ˌe- \
plural -s

Definition of alexandrianism

: the teachings or tenets of the Alexandrian culture or theology — compare alexandrian school , patristic philosophy

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First Known Use of alexandrianism

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alexandrianism

Alexandrian entry 1 + -ism

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“Alexandrianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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