variants or less commonly ante-Nicaean
: of or relating to the Christian church or era before the first council of Nicaea (a.d. 325)

Word History


ante- + Nicene, Nicaean

First Known Use

1690, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ante-Nicene was in 1690

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“Ante-Nicene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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